Snowmobiling is an exciting and wonderful way to enjoy the great outdoors during the winter months. However, snowmobilers should observe general safety rules, keep and remain alert.  It is easy to get into an accident out on the trails if you aren’t careful.

While some snowmobilers think that all they need to bring with them on trips is a first aid kit, this is not the case.  As a snowmobile owner, you should have a basic safety kit that includes items for both you and your machine.  There are times when you need to do necessary repairs, such as fixing your snowmobile shocks, and you need to be prepared.

You should always let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back. A good description, even a picture of your sled, can be very important to leave with someone. Of course, you need to remember to never ride alone.

Take care to watch your fuel supply. Head out only to a point where the fuel gauge reads one half, then follow your track trailhead.  Being caught out in the snow without fuel could be disastrous.

Safety is a very important factor and you want your ride to be safe.  Bad snowmobile shocks can give you a rough ride that might send you off course. You also need to have a good, quality helmet to wear.

As with any snow sport, avalanches are very real, life-threatening winter hazards. Always avoid areas where avalanches are known to occur.  Spend as little time as possible on open, steep slopes and stay out of high and narrow canyons, getting out may prove to be difficult.

If you plan to be away for a day trip, consider packing a few necessary items in your safety kit. Things such as spare motor parts, sparkplugs, snowmobile shocks, food, matches, compass, flashlight and map.  This of course is a minimum and many of these items go without saying.

Having a snowmobile safety kit is crucial to having a great riding experience.  Play it smart, pack more than you will think you will need.  That will give you the peace of mind to having a great outdoor excursion.