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Manitoba Snowmobile Safety Tips

Published on January 12, 2018   Tips Snowmobile Safety

Manitoba snowmobilers have approximately 12,000km of groomed trails in our province and generally a long winter to enjoy every last kilometre. While snowmobiling can be a fun winter activity for everyone, it’s important that you are safe while sledding. Review the below safety tips to ensure that while you’re enjoying the trails you’re safe.

  • Don’t have an enclosed structure to store your snowmobile? Prevent theft by securely chaining the frame to a tree using a lock that cannot easily be drilled out.
  • Ride safely and remember – only one rider at a time unless your vehicle is designed for passengers.
  • Keep the trails safe and fun for everyone – snowmobile drivers should always be over 16 and wearing an appropriate helmet.
  • Storing your snowmobile in an enclosed trailer? Park it with the doors against a wall and use a wheel lock to deter thieves.
  • Never drink and ride – find another way home.
  • Prevent accidents by staying on the trails and riding at a safe speed – you never know what’s under a fresh coat of snow.
  • If operating your snowmobile on lakes or rivers, know the ice conditions. Avoid slushy ice and only choose a route you know is safe.
  • Do a pre-ride inspection every time. Check the tires or tracks for wear and rims and skis for damage.
  • Exposure to extreme cold can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. When the temperature drops, your risk rises. Stay bundled up while riding.

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