Snowmobiling is a fantastic winter activity. As with any sport, there are good things about it as well as bad. Anytime you venture into snowmobile terrain, some risk is involved. One of the familiar problems with snowmobiling is becoming stranded. You could be stranded due to mechanical problems or bad snowmobile shocks, severe weather that was unexpected, injury or just plain old getting lost. The rougher the terrain, and the rougher you ride on your snowmobile shocks, the greater the chance is that an accident can occur. Climate extremes also increase the risk factor. In remote areas or trails new to you, there’s always the possibility of getting lost. There are a few things that you can do before your ride to decrease your chances of this happening. One of the most important things is letting someone know where you are going and what time you plan on returning. It sounds so simple, but having one other person know this information could be life saving. You might consider inviting someone to go out riding with you. The buddy system has been around for ages and it still holds true. It is always good to have someone else along with you. Think about how hungry you get after going for a ride on your ATV or snowmobile. What would you do if you were stranded without anything to eat? Make sure to take enough food and water to last for at least two days in an emergency. It’s fairly obvious to wear layered clothing when you are out riding. Do you know to bring a map and compass with you though as well? Make sure you orient yourself prior to leaving so it is easier to get your bearings if lost. If you do become lost, do not panic. If you have followed all the previously mentioned steps, you will be fine. Make sure your snowmobile shocks and other parts are in working order and ride smart for a safe return.