It’s been a mild winter, but with the recent dusting of snow we wanted to take the opportunity to remind our readers about some important snowmobiling safety tips. After all, thousands of snowmobile accidents occur every year, often leading to catastrophic injuries or - in some cases - even death. As the snow falls in the months ahead and you race out to rev up the snowmobile, keep the following tips in mind:
- Maintain a reasonable speed. Going too fast slows down reaction times and causes us to lose perspective on potential hazards.
- Don’t drink and drive. Driving a car isn’t the only thing that’s dangerous to do under the influence of alcohol, so make sure you never operate a snowmobile while intoxicated.
- Be alert for hazards. Remain focused on the path ahead of you, and be prepared for the unexpected as much as possible.
- Do not allow children under the age of 6 to ride a snowmobile. Holding onto someone takes strength, endurance, and balance that children of this age may not have yet.
- Dress warmly to avoid hypothermia. If you feel overly cold, stop riding and warm up before you put yourself in a dangerous situation.
- Don’t drive on frozen ponds, rivers, etc, unless you know with certainty that the ice is thick enough. A general recommendation is a minimum of 5”-6” of ice for snowmobiling.
- Keep an eye on the weather. Don’t go out during heavy snow when your visibility could be compromised, and make sure to stay inside during extremely low temperatures.
- Always wear protective equipment, such as helmets and goggles when operating a snowmobile.
For more helpful tips, visit:
Caring for Kids
Or watch this video courtesy of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources:
If you find yourself involved in a snowmobile accident, call Boughter Sinak, LLC for an attorney that specializes in injury and accident cases. Snowmobiling accidents can be life altering, so make sure that you know your rights! We will fight for your snowmobile accident case, so that you get the compensation and treatment that you deserve!
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