During the winter months, there are a lot of fun winter activities you can do to keep yourself and your family busy. One that is very popular regardless of if you have a property up north, is snowmobiling. But, often, many snowmobilers overlook crucial steps they need to take before heading out on the trails.
As having a valid Ontario driver’s license and enough gas in your snowmobile isn’t enough, check out our tips below.
Step 1: Dress Properly And Watch The Weather Before Snowmobiling
Just like any winter activity, you need to dress properly. And a part of that means watching the weather forecast. Not only will you be able to properly gauge how many layers you should put on, but whether you should post-phone your excursion. Frigid temperatures, reduced visibility from snow squalls, or dangerous conditions from frozen rain, can all be seen as justifiable reasons to save the snowmobiling for another day. In addition, after you take a look at the weather forecast and begin to think about what you’re wearing, it’s always recommended to layer long-sleeved tops, thick or insulated pants, a face mask or balaclava under your helmet, goggles, gloves, and thick socks in your boots. As the weather can vary, it’s important that you feel confident and warm while you’re outside so you can truly enjoy the ride!
Step 2: Learn The Laws And Drive Sober
Whether you’re new to snowmobiling or you haven’t reviewed the regulations for quite some time, it’s always good to review your local laws and watch your speed. You never want to be in the situation where you’re out having fun, only to find that you’re doing something wrong. In addition to reviewing the local laws, you should know your hand signals so when you’re about to stop, or you’re ready to turn, you know how to signal! This can not only help keep yourself safe, but it can help keep those around you safe.
While many are unsure of the drinking and driving regulations in regards to snowmobiling or boating, drivers should know that they must drive sober. Driving under the influence, whether it’s alcohol or cannabis products is dangerous. In fact, it poses the same consequence as driving a vehicle under the influence. Meaning, being convicted of operating a snowmobile under the influence, could cause you to lose all of your driving privileges for all types of vehicles.
Step 3: Know Your Route
Do you know where you’re going to take the snowmobile before you hop on for a ride? If you don’t, we strongly recommend that you take the time to pre-plan your trip! As snow can disguise frozen water or poor weather can cause you to lose your bearings, you need to have a general understanding of where you are! It’s also important to note that snowmobilers are always recommended to stay away from frozen water. Not only can drivers lose traction and control of their snowmobile, but it’s possible to fall through the ice.
When you’re planning your route, you should keep in mind that there are certain areas where snowmobiles are not allowed to drive. Apart from private property that you do not have permission to drive on, snowmobilers are not allowed to drive on paved public roads or shoulders. This is due to the danger it could not only pose to individuals driving the snowmobile, but surrounding vehicles. So be sure to stick to official trails.
Step 4: Don’t Forget About Snowmobile Insurance
After dressing properly, reviewing the local laws, and planning your route before you turn on your snowmobile, it’s important to have the right insurance. The right coverage will ensure that you’re protected no matter what happens on the trails. Meaning that you can ride with ease every time you head out.
If you’re still looking for Snowmobile Insurance, or you’re interested to learn whether your current policy is enough, contact your Cambridge Insurance broker! We’ll be happy to provide you with the best policy at the best price!