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Snowmobile Safety

January 23, 2014

I love the snow, and even when it falls after the holidays, it still makes me think of one of my favorite holiday songs.

Oh the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

Of course, if you’re into riding snowmobiles, then there’s always a place to go. And while snowmobiles offer kids and adults a great chance to go off and explore, it’s important to take time to teach kids that every adventure starts with safety.

So here are 5 safety tips to help keep kids safe on snowmobiles:

  • Never snowmobile alone. Much like swimming, teach your kids to snowmobile with a partner, every time.
  • Wear helmet and appropriate gear. Be sure to protect kids by ensuring they wear a helmet and protective gear to keep them safe.
  • Ride with your kids. Riding with adult supervision is always best, but we also understand that some kids will want to go off with their friends as soon as they can. Before you allow this to happen, ride with your children and monitor their ability. Do they use good judgment? Are they staying on a safe path? Make your kids prove that they are responsible enough to ride without an adult.
  • Stay in areas designated for snowmobiles. Snowmobiles provide a great sense of freedom and it can be tempting to wander off and explore. Help your kids understand it’s important to ride only in areas where snowmobiles are permitted. It will help ensure that every ride is a safe ride.
  • Understand the laws in your state. There are many states that allow young children to operate snowmobiles. It is important to know the laws and regulations specific to your state.

Enjoy the snow everyone – I know I will.