Snowmobiling is a great way to enjoy leisure time in Maryland. However, remember that you’re still riding a motor vehicle and must take precautions.
Take a snowmobile safety course
Some states require people to take a snowmobile safety course and become certified before they can ride. However, even if this isn’t a prerequisite, you should take a course because it’s the best way to learn how to safely ride and avoid recreational vehicle accidents.
Check the weather ahead of time
Before heading out to ride your snowmobile, check the weather and trail conditions. It can help you be better prepared to know whether it’s safe to ride or if you should hold off for another day when conditions are better.
Wear appropriate clothing and safety gear
Whenever you ride your snowmobile, stay warm by wearing layers of appropriate clothing. Polyester is best because it prevents moisture from seeping through and keeps you warm. Safety gear such as protective goggles, face masks, gloves and winter boots can add to your comfort and keep snow and ice away from bare skin.
Inspect your snowmobile
Quickly inspect your snowmobile to ensure that it’s running optimally and that all the components are in order. Schedule for regular maintenance once per year as well. Check the fuel levels, battery, brakes, headlights, taillights and other parts. Warm up your snowmobile by running it for a full minute before riding.
The best way to remain safe while riding a snowmobile is to be responsible. Avoid speeding, recklessness and intoxication and stay on the trail.
Snowmobiling can provide a great sense of adventure, but it’s fun when you stay safe and comfortable.