Exploring the trails around Kingston on a snowmobile is a truly unique experience. However, these trails aren’t always adequately maintained, and the presence of perilous conditions increases the chances of injury. When practiced safely, snowmobiling can offer an enjoyable and thrilling way to make the most of a winter day. Follow the tips below to stay safe this snowmobiling season.
Check the Weather Before Heading Out
Before heading out on the trail, it’s a smart practice to check both the weather forecast and trail conditions. If trails are frozen, the wind chill is severely low, or a blizzard has been predicted to hit, it’s advisable to reschedule your ride for another day. Monitoring the weather also aids in choosing the proper clothing and equipment you’ll need for your snowmobile ride.
Wear a Helmet and Reflective Clothing
When operating a snowmobile or being a passenger, it is important to always wear a helmet. Your helmet should adhere to Ontario’s safety standards, ensuring that the chin strap is firmly fastened. Additionally, be sure to dress with safety in mind. Wear a snowmobile suit with reflective patches. Be sure to dress in layers consisting of polyester blends under your suit to keep yourself warm/insulated while wicking moisture away.
Obey the Speed Limits
The maximum speed limit on snowmobile trails is 50 km/h. Weather and trail conditions may require you to ride at a slower pace. Always adjust your speed accordingly.
Avoid an accident by being on the lookout for potential impediments. Keep an eye out for rocks, fallen trees, ditches, open water, wildlife, other snowmobiles, hikers, and skiers.
Carry an Emergency Kit
It’s vital to be prepared for unforeseen emergencies while out on your snowmobile. Winter weather conditions can become harsh quickly. You should always have an emergency kit with you when hitting the trails. Make sure your kit includes the following:
- Extra gloves/socks
- Foldable shovel
- First aid kit
Someone Should Always Know Your Location
Before heading out, make sure someone back home knows the location of the trails you’ll be riding on and the approximate time you plan on returning. This way help can be sent out as soon as possible in case of an emergency or accident.
At Zuber Brioux, we possess a deep knowledge of the complex legal aspects surrounding snowmobile accidents and liability concerns on recreational trails. These conditions can change rapidly. It is important that you follow these safety tips to ensure the safety of yourself and your fellow riders.
In the unfortunate event that you or someone you know has been part of a snowmobile accident, it is crucial to contact us immediately. This will enable us to quickly document the hazards involved. The first consultation is free.