If you’re new to snowmobiling, you may not be familiar with all the preparation that goes into a day on the trails. These simple snowmobile tips can help you stay safe as you start out.
Before you head out
- Contact your insurance agent to review your riding history and discuss ways to help protect yourself with snowmobile insurance.
- Register your snowmobile and make sure your current registration decal is applied to it.
- Check your state and local requirements regarding licensing, safety certificates, and any additional training.
- Wear appropriate cold weather gear and dress in layers since temperatures can shift during the day.
- Wear a helmet and proper eye protection.
- Check your fuel and fluid levels along with the overall condition of your machine.
- Always check the weather before you leave.
On the trail
- Know the area, with more snow comes more responsibilities.
- Be aware of the differences between private land and public trails.
- Always travel with other snowmobilers and let someone at home know where you’re headed and when you plan to be back.
- Use good judgment and don’t be too overconfident while riding.
- Watch for hazards such as trees, barbed wire, and other snowmobilers.
- Always ride sober.
- Bring a first aid kit, water and nonperishable food items. If you’re planning a longer trip, bring a shovel, warming blankets, and supplies to build a fire.
Being prepared and remembering these simple snowmobile tips can help you stay safe and have fun on every turn of the trail.