RCMP urge snowmobile safety


By Const. Paul Human

Media Relations

Snowmobiling is very popular across Manitoba. It is a unique way to get around in the winter and see parts of the province hidden by snow and trees.It’s a lot of fun out there on the trails and the lakes, but it only stays fun if everyone gets home safely.Here are 10 safety tips that will make your snowmobiling experience a great one:

1. Do not use alcohol or drugs before or during snowmobiling.

2. Operate at safe and reasonable speeds, driving within the limits of the machine and your ability.

3. Stay on the trails and in areas where snowmobiling is permitted.

4. Use extra caution when riding during the evening or night, ensuring your machine has working lights

5. Always wear a safety-certified helmet and proper layered clothing.

6. Inform someone where you are going and when you plan to return.

7. Carry emergency supplies and learn first aid and survival skills.

8. Maintain and get to know your snowmobile.

9. Educate yourself on snowmobiling and take a Canada Snowmobile Safety course (offered by Snoman Inc. at www.snoman.mb.ca. Click on the icon in the upper left corner to access this online course which consists of five chapters with a quiz after each chapter, followed by a final exam.)

10. Leave tracks, not trash. If you had space to bring it in, then respect nature by carrying it out too.

If you are interested in snowmobiling in your part of the province, look up Snoman on the Internet for information on clubs and safety tips like the ones above.Enjoy the many benefits that snowmobiling has to offer in Manitoba. Ride safe, ride sober.