Snowmobile season is upon us and this is a great time to review a few important snowmobile safety tips so that everyone can continue to enjoy our beautiful Manitoba trails.
Please try to remember these tips before heading out for a snowmobile ride:
1. Check the Conditions
Driving in hazardous conditions on any ORV could prove fatal. Before heading out, be sure to check the weather and the Manitoba trail conditions. It’s also important to verify the ice thickness if you plan on driving on frozen lakes or rivers.
2. Loading and Unloading
If you transport your snowmobile to another location with a trailer, ensure you have all the right equipment for loading and unloading the snowmobile such as ramps. While loading the trailer make sure you have the weight distributed evenly to avoid swaying while driving. Don’t forget to also have your trailer insured.
3. Drivers & Passengers
In Manitoba, youth under the ages of 16 are not allowed to operate a snowmobile. If you are of age, be very aware of your passengers. It can be more difficult to stay on as a passenger, therefore ensure both you and your passengers are comfortable and feel secure. Be aware of the trail conditions as well and that both of you can handle the conditions and speed.
4. Use Safety Precautions
The most important thing you can do is to use your common sense in all situations and know your limits. Safety considerations for operating a snowmobile include:
- Use a helmet and the right gear to keep you warm and prevent injury
- Always use your headlights and tail-lights on your snowmobile
- Familiarize yourself with the trails
- Drive for the conditions and watch for speed limits
- Travel in groups and take a phone with you in case of an emergency
- Don’t drink and drive
- Don’t drive high
5. Laws & Regulations
Familiarize yourself with the Manitoba laws regarding snowmobiling and safety.
- If you wish to use the designated groomed trails, you must have an orange Snopass license plate
- You cannot drive on roadways or on shoulders
- If you are driving in a ditch you must go the same direction as traffic
- Stay up to date on new and existing laws
6. Insurance is Important
BSI Insurance offers a unique off-road vehicle program that specifically covers snowmobiles and all terrain vehicles (ATVs) for physical damage including fire, theft, vandalism, and collision.
Our coverage differs from the general policy available through Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) in that we can provide Guaranteed Replacement Cost on brand new machines whereas their policy does not include this coverage. In addition, no vehicle inspection is required and you get your choice of deductibles.