Each year, over 2,600 kids are hurt on snowmobiles in the US. That is nearly 30 per day. Most crashes happen due to excessive speeds and riding through off-trail locations. They usually result in the driver hitting an object. Snowmobiles are very heavy (up to 600 pounds) and can reach speeds in excess of 100 mph. Crashes with vehicles this big and fast can cause very serious injuries.
Assure that all riders have taken a snowmobile safety course to learn how to handle the machines. To obtain the certification online, visit www.parkrec.nd.gov/online To further test your knowledge, visit www.snowiasa.org for a Safe Rider’s online safety quiz.
Here are some safety tips for safe snowmobiling this winter season:
• Wear a helmet!!!!! Your helmet must be made for this type of sport, should fit well and the chin strap must be used at all times to keep the helmet in place in the event of a crash.
• Use eye protection, especially when traveling in wooded areas.
• Steer clear of driving by bodies of water where there may be thin ice or open water.
• Do not carry more passengers on the snowmobile than it is intended for.
• Know and use the approved snowmobiling hand signals.
For more information on these tips and ND guidelines for snowmobile use, visit www.parkrec.nd.gov
For more information about snowmobile safety, contact Safe Kids Grand Forks at firstname.lastname@example.org. Altru Health System is proud to serve as the lead agency for Safe Kids Grand Forks.