We recently featured an article explaining the importance of safety while on the trail. Snowmobiling is a great recreational activity and an appealing sport, but only when done safely. Accidents can happen when people don’t take safety seriously.

When you are snowmobiling be sure to be in control of your vehicle at all times. Never go too fast that you are left wondering. You want to be sure that you are operating your vehicle safely.

You also need to pay attention to how close you are following other vehicles. A lot of accidents can occur when you follow another vehicle too closely. Get a feel for how close you should be to vehicles to have enough brake room in case someone slams on their brakes.

One good rule of thumb is to have at least 3 seconds or more distance between you and another driver. Test this out by looking at an object. Once the person in front of you passes it, count how long it takes you to get there.

If it takes you less than 3 seconds to get there you are following the rider too closely. Snowmobiles are heavy vehicles, and terrible accidents can happen if you crash into another snowmobile. Be sure that you always have enough distance in between you and the other riders to avoid this from ever happening.

Just like operating cars and trucks, it is important to never drive a snowmobile while under the influence. Drugs and alcohol can affect your driving skills, vision, and balance. They make it hard for you to be coordinated on the trail, and are extremely dangerous to you and all the other drivers.

Also take responsibility to not let any of your friends drive if they are under the influence either. Be responsible by giving your friend a ride home so they don’t drink and drive home. Their life is at stake when they operate a snowmobile, and all other riders on the trail as well.

Safety is important. Having proper snowmobile shocks is also an important feature of snowmobile safety. Be sure to get your snowmobile shocks checked before any big adventure. Snowmobile shocks can really affect how your drive goes.