Snow­mo­bile Safety

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS -

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.

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