Posted by: Kelley Dees | February 3, 2011

Snowmobile Safety

Wyoming farmers and ranchers live in very diverse areas of terrain, with some using snowmobiles as an alternative method of travel, or at times, their only method of travel in severe conditions. Since we talked about safety on the slopes last week (see post here), we’re going to talk about snowmobile safety today.

First of all, you should know your capabilities and limitations. Come prepared, as things don’t always go as planned. Always inform someone where you plan to be traveling, so that if you don’t return, they’ll know where to start searching.

Dress right. Just like skiing and snowboarding, you should be adequately prepared for the weather. Wind, snow, and sun can be hard on your eyes without a face shield or sun glasses. Just like with driving an automobile, drinking and driving a snowmobile don’t mix. Alcohol increases the risk of hypothermia, increases fatigue, fogs your ability to make good decisions, and slows your reaction time.

Wear amber lenses or a face shield. The white-against-white situation can make it difficult to judge distances and changes in the terrain, especially when traveling on a rapidly moving snowmobile.

And one of the most important safety tips to remember: Take a friend. Don’t snowmobile alone. It’s not just more fun, it’s also safer.

For more information on snowmobile safety, visit the Safe Riders! Snowmobile Safety Awareness Program. The website includes safety lessons and quizzes that you can give yourself to test your knowledge.

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information is adapted from Wyoming Trails.

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