Snowmobiling is fun, but it doesn’t come without potential risks. The ability to take a snowmobile for an exhilarating and challenging ride sometimes far away from civilization and in freezing temperatures comes with the responsibility of making sure you know how to operate it, of knowing the area you’re riding in, and of knowing what to do should things go wrong. Learning regulations, precautions, and other safety tips helps to ensure that the risks of riding don’t become reality. Although reading about them can feel like a chore, having them behind you gives you a confidence that can boost enjoyment of the activity altogether.
The following are resources about snowmobiling safety that cover many of the ways you can exert more control over your ride, and through that, gain the freedom and fun that you might have sought in the first place.
- SnowmobileCourse.com www.snowmobilecourse.com/usa/newyork/snowmobile-laws.aspx
A short highlight of laws and regulations mostly regarding age, one exception to them, and a brief reminder of safety practices. This site also includes links to more detailed information about the laws and regulations of snowmobiling, links to more information about Fresh Air Educators Inc.’s New York State Approved Snowmobile Safety Course, as well as to more information about how to obtain the required snowmobiling safety certificate.
- International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) www.snowmobile.org/snowmobiling-safety.html
A longer and more detailed cautionary that covers alcohol use, awareness one’s own abilities and limits as well as that of their machine, snowmobiling gear and other ways of dressing for the weather, hypothermia, respecting others’ property, knowing the route and informing others about the plan, driving over ice, and driving in the dark. It also included a Safe Riders! pledge to riding safely, as well as links to ordering safety brochures and to a test. Lastly, the site described their Safe Riders! Snowmobile Safety Awareness Program, and offered a link at the bottom of the page in a picture to beginning it.
Another longer and detailed cautionary article that opens with ultimately asking riders to prioritize safety while driving. It continues with a cautionary about different conditions to be on the lookout for, such as thin ice and hidden obstacles beneath snow, and then it strongly deters against mixing alcohol and snowmobiling. It also details what to do if the vehicle breaks through the ice, and then advises on keeping a repair kit for the machine, along with other maintenance necessities. It finally addresses the environment, and talks about how to respect it and adapt to it, as well as how to determine risk to oneself from it.
Freedom on the snow comes with the responsibility of investing in caring for oneself, one’s mode of travel, and one’s surroundings. Doing so grants us more security that fun is all that is had on snowmobile outings.
If you are looking for information about insuring your snowmobile, give our team a call at either of our offices in Cooperstown at 607-547-2951 or in Morris at 607-263-5170. Be safe and enjoy the snow!