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November 13, 2018

4 STEPS TO HEADING OUT SAFELY…AND COMING BACK HAPPY!

4 STEPS TO HEADING OUT SAFELY…AND COMING BACK HAPPY!

  

PLAN YOUR TRIP

Before heading out, you first need to ask yourself some important questions for peace of mind sledding.

 

How long will you be gone? What are the conditions like? Will you need to eat or refuel? Answering these questions before hopping on the trail could keep you out of trouble.

 

You’ll be properly equipped to deal with the weather and know where you can stop off to grab a bite or fill up the tank. Did you know that the Canada Safety Council and the American Council of Snowmobile Associations recommends you tell someone when you’re leaving and when you expect to return? If you run into trouble and are late, help will be on the way!

 

 

STAY WARM

The key to staying warm on the trails is not to sweat! If you dress too warmly or wear clothes that don’t breathe, you may really feel the cold! Your body produces sweat to cool itself off. Once your clothes get damp, you’ll start to shiver. If this happens, take off any wet layers and put on dry ones. That’s why you should always bring a change of clothes when snowmobiling.

 

To avoid shivering on the trails, wear layers:

The inner layer of clothing should be light and breathable.

Choose sportswear made from synthetics or natural fibers rather than cotton.

 

The middle layer should insulate you. Wear polar or natural wool vests.

 

The outer layer should be windproof and waterproof. Most winter coats and snow suits sold in stores will do the trick.

 

 

GET EQUIPPED

With all the snowmobile accessories on the market, the goal isn’t to be over-equipped, but well equipped! Our advice—buy only the accessories you need!

If there are two of you, you and your buddy might be more comfortable with a Cobra anti-darting system on your snowmobile. Traveling with kids? Check out the harnesses available to make sure your kids ride comfortably and safely.

Always wear a snowmobile helmet that conforms to Canadian and American safety standards, and bring a first aid kit as well as an emergency kit.

THINK ROLLERSKI

Snowmobiling is the pleasure of sliding on a carpet of snow, but also, often the obligation of driving on surfaces with little or no snow. For a maximum of pleasure and a minimum of incidents, install the RollerSki!

 

With this system of self-retracting wheels, you’ll easily go anywhere without damaging your anti-darting device, runners and skis. Then, it will also become child’s play to move your snowmobile in your garage, driveway and trailer. Without a trace!

 

First aid kit checklist:

  • ·         Bandage scissors
  • ·         Tweezers
  • ·         Safety pins
  • ·         Band-Aids
  • ·         Sterile gauze
  • ·         Bandage rolls
  • ·         Compression bandage
  • ·         Antiseptic wipes
  • ·         Gloves
  • ·         Dry ice pack

Emergency kit checklist:

  • ·         Trail map
  • ·         Cell phone
  • ·         Portable power packs
  • ·         for cellphone
  • ·         Extra spark plugs
  • ·         Drive belt
  • ·         Fan belt
  • ·         Hand tools
  • ·         (usually come with
  • ·         snowmobile)
  • ·         Extra key
  • ·         Flare gun
  • ·         Plastic pealess whistle
  • ·         Compass
  • ·         Waterproof matches
  • ·         Long-lasting candle
  • ·         Chemical toe warmers
  • ·         Food
  • ·         (nuts or energy bars)
  • ·         Pocketknife
  • ·         Rope
  • ·         Duct tape
  • ·         LED flashlight
  • ·         Extra flashlight battery
  • ·        Change of clothes

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