LINCOLN, R.I. - Snowmobiling is an exciting way to enjoy the winter weather. It often occurs on trails in remote locations, however, so it’s important to follow the proper safety procedures.
Amica Insurance is sharing the following tips to help snowmobilers stay safe:
- Before leaving, tell someone the route you plan to take and what time you should return.
- Bring an emergency kit packed with food, water, extra gloves and socks, flashlights, hand warmers and waterproof matches.
- Carry a cellphone at all times. Most phones are GPS-enabled, so if in need of help, 911 operators may be able to pinpoint your location.
- Wear layers of clothing, including a windproof outer layer. Gloves, boots, goggles and a safety-certified fitted helmet are extremely important to staying safe and warm.
Amica is also sharing the following tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Stay away from bodies of water, as it can be very difficult to determine ice coverage and depth. Also, avoid riding when the weather is bad.
- Always pay attention to what’s up ahead, as things like rocks, trees or barbed-wire fencing can pop up quickly.
- Slow down when approaching the top of a hill. There may be a cliff, snow bank or some other hazard on the other side.
- Never drink and drive when operating a snowmobile.