Snowmobile Safety

Snowmobile Safety

Gear to Bring with You

More good tips for safe snowmobiling can be found at http://www.saferiderssafetyawareness.org/.  They offer the following tips about gear that you should bring with you when snowmobiling.

Personal Items

  • Driver’s license and/or other licenses or certification cards
  • Money
  • Medications
  • Insurance forms for vehicle
  • Cell or satellite phone – charge battery and keep warm. Turn power off to conserve energy. Remember they don’t work everywhere in the back country.
  • Food, water, high energy bars

Safety Equipment

  • Compass and map
  • Waterproof matches with a candle or fire starter
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Extra ignition key
  • GPS (global positioning system) unit may be helpful. Check batteries before you ride, bring spares with you. Keep them warm. Be sure you are familiar to operation of the device before riding.
  • Small shovel, probe and avalanche beacon when riding in avalanche prone areas
  • Strobe light or flares can be helpful in an emergency situation. Keep batteries charged and follow directions when using flares.
  • Ice picks fastened to a cord should be carried if traveling on frozen lakes and rivers. Thread the cord for the pick through the sleeves of your jacket, out of the way of your hands until they are needed. If you happen to fall through the ice, the picks will be right at your wrists covered by your jacket sleeves. By jamming the pointed end of the pick down in the ice, the pick will anchor you and allow you to pull your body back onto the ice.

 Tools

  • Basic tool kit from your snowmobile’s manufacturer. Check under the snowmobile’s hood or under the seat. It should include a spark plug wrench, other wrenches for common adjustments, flathead and Phillips drive screwdrivers, and a strap for emergency starting 2-stroke snowmobiles with a recoil start. These tools should always remain with the snowmobile.
  • Make sure you have spare spark plugs and a spare drive belt with the snowmobile at all times in the event of failure.
  • Other helpful items include a knife, pliers/side cutters, adjustable wrench, electrical or duct tape, rags, bungee cords, and a tow rope to help perform general on-trail repairs and maintenance.

Emergency First Aid Kit

  • Always carry a first aid kit. You can purchase good kits, or build your own. It should include, bandages, 2-inch compresses, 4-inch compresses, a roll of 2-inch gauze, a roll of 1-inch adhesive tape, a thermal/space blanket, knife or scissors, alcohol wipes, and antibiotic ointment. All items should be stored in a waterproof container; do not include liquids that could freeze.
  • It is highly recommended that you take a certified first aid and CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) course to aid you in case of an emergency. Always be aware of the dangers of frostbite while snowmobiling; take precautions to prevent it by always keeping skin covered.