Snow­mo­bile Safety is a Must

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Haslett, MI (Novem­ber 25, 2014) Safe, re­spon­si­ble rid­ing is ac­tively sup­ported and pro­moted by or­ga­nized snow­mo­bil­ing. Snow­mo­bile safety train­ers have been con­duct­ing snow­mo­bile safety classes for decades in the United States and Canada and in 1995 the com­mu­nity em­braced the Safe Rid­ers! You Make Snow­mo­bil­ing Safe© safety cam­paign - the guide­post for safe snow­mo­bil­ing be­hav­ior.

The Safe Rid­ers! cam­paign high­lights that in­di­vid­ual be­hav­ior and re­spon­si­bil­ity is the key to mak­ing snow­mo­bil­ing safe. Snow­mo­bil­ers un­der­stand that snow­mo­bil­ing is fun, but it is work too. It chal­lenges the body and the mind and you need to be at­ten­tive while snow­mo­bil­ing. Safe snow­mo­bil­ers know their abil­i­ties and un­der­stand not to go be­yond them.

Snow­mo­bile safety be­gins with the ma­chine, which is built to the high­est stan­dards. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of snow­mo­bil­ers to keep their ma­chine in top run­ning con­di­tion fol­low­ing all of the rec­om­mended pre-ride check­lists found in the owner’s man­ual and mak­ing sure the ve­hi­cle is in top notch shape be­fore rid­ing.

Snow­mo­bil­ers also un­der­stand the need to dress ap­pro­pri­ately while snow­mo­bil­ing. In­di­vid­u­als must wear warm cloth­ing, gen­er­ally sup­plied through the snow­mo­bile man­u­fac­tur­ers and deal­ers. The cloth­ing in­cludes, dress­ing in lay­ers with high qual­ity jack­ets, bibbs, boots, gloves and a cer­ti­fied hel­met.

Snow­mo­bil­ers need to think ahead and pre­pare where they are go­ing to ride. It is best to file a plan with fam­ily or friends and let peo­ple where you are go­ing to snow­mo­bile. You need to be fa­mil­iar with the rid­ing area and or ride with in­di­vid­u­als who have been there be­fore.

Safe snow­mo­bil­ers fol­low the key guide­lines of the Safe Rid­ers! cam­paign: • Snow­mo­bil­ing and al­co­hol don’t mix - don’t drink and ride • Ride safe, stay on the trail and re­spect pri­vate prop­erty • One is the loneli­est num­ber, never ride alone • When rid­ing on the trail, ride right and ride smart. Stay in Con­trol • Smart Rid­ers are safe rid­ers and they take snow­mo­bile safety train­ing/re­fresher cour­ses. • Snow­mo­bil­ers know be­fore they go and al­ways check lo­cal ice con­di­tions • When night rid­ing, safe rid­ers slow down and ex­pect the un­ex­pected

Safe moun­tain rid­ers know that avalanche safety train­ing and aware­ness is of spe­cial im­por­tance. There are 5 key avalanche safety guide­lines which should al­ways be re­mem­bered when rid­ing in the moun­tains: 1.Get the Gear: En­sure ev­ery­one has an avalanche trans­ceiver, shovel, and probe on their per­son and knows how to use them 2.Get the Train­ing: Take an avalanche course which will high­light key is­sues. 3.Get the Fore­cast: Make a rid­ing plan based on the cur­rent avalanche and weather fore­cast. 4.Get the Pic­ture: If you see re­cent avalanche ac­tiv­ity, un­sta­ble snow ex­ists. Rid­ing on or un­der slopes is dan­ger­ous. 5.Get Out of Harm’s Way: One at a time on all avalanche slopes. Don’t go to help your stuck friend, the ex­tra weight could ini­ti­ate an avalanche. Also, don’t group up in runout zones or at the base of moun­tains.

Snow­mo­bile safety train­ing cour­ses are avail­able through­out North Amer­ica and can be found by vis­it­ing your state or pro­vin­cial snow­mo­bile as­so­ci­a­tion web­site. For a list of all of the snow­mo­bile as­so­ci­a­tions/fed­er­a­tions, visit our web site.

To in­ter­act with other snow­mo­bil­ers, visit and “Like” our Face­book page.


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