According to the Sureté du Quebec, eighteen people lost their lives in snowmobile accidents, last winter, in Quebec. To decrease this number, the SQ has made the following recommendations: Respect signs and laws; snowmobile in the day rather than at night; travel slower when visibility is reduced; travel on trails rather than waterways because ice thickness can vary; avoid snowmobiling alone and let someone know when you plan to return; never drive a snowmobile after drinking alcohol or taking drugs; if you get lost, stay calm and remain visible by leaving your lights on.
Furthermore, it is recommended to be equipped with a survival kit that includes basic tools, candles, first aid items, a knife, a nylon cord that could be used for towing, a saw or an ax, a map, compass or GPS, waterproof matches, a flashlight, a whistle and a heat reflective blanket.
On long trips, people are also advised to have snowshoes, a flare, a tent and calorie-rich foods like chocolate or dehydrated foods.
The rules regarding snowmobiling apply not only on trails, but on public or private roads and waterways.