Snowmobiling Safety Tips
Snowmobiling is a popular winter activity for families and individuals who live in Canada. It’s a great way to get outside during those long winter months! According to Transport Canada, there are more than 700,000 registered snowmobiles and more than 160,000 km of snowmobile trails in Canada. In addition, there are snowmobiling clubs throughout Ontario that educate and prepare riders for a fun and safe trip. Unfortunately, many people are seriously injured each year while snowmobiling.
Before heading out, it is important to familiarize yourself with the following safety precautions and driving requirements in order to avoid injuries:
- Inform others of your destination and arrival time
- Wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions
- Inspect your snowmobile for mechanical integrity
- Contact your local snowmobile club to check riding conditions (e.g., weather, trail and ice)
- Stay within your riding capabilities and never travel alone
- Stay on the right-hand side of the trail, even when parked
- Take extra care when encountering corners, hills and crossings
- Be aware of ice conditions and wear flotation clothing when riding over lakes and rivers
- At night, reduce your speed – your headlight limits how far you can see
- Never operate a snowmobile if you are impaired by alcohol or drugs
Planning ahead, acting sensible and following safety precautions can help you avoid snowmobiling accidents and associated injuries, which may include broken bones, neck injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and/or psychological/emotional injuries.
If you or anyone you know has been involved in a snowmobiling accident, our team of experienced Ontario personal injury lawyers can help. Contact us online for a free legal consultation or call 1-800-563-6348 to speak directly with one of our lawyers.