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A look at snowmobile safety

Whether you are an experienced snowmobiler or new to the hobby, you know that there is nothing quite like riding the open trails on a snowmobile. However, as statistics will show, there are several drawbacks.

Snowmobiles versus motorcycles.

Snowmobiles share some of the same features as motorcycles regarding safety. Each vehicle is an open-air, high-speed ride. In many cases, snowmobilers must pass a safety course to ride one legally, provided they were born after 1985.

Snowmobiles, however, may be somewhat safer in that they have a more stable base and cannot reach the same speeds. Additionally, Wisconsin discourages the use of snowmobiles on major roadways and highways.

Recommendations for safe snowmobiling

While snowmobile use is restricted to private property or specifically designated trails, the state maintains many safety guidelines, including:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Dress appropriately
  • Operate at slower speeds
  • Carry a first-aid kit
  • Avoid traveling over frozen lakes and rivers

Additionally, the safety guidelines declare how dangerous it is to operate a snowmobile while intoxicated. Each year, snowmobile accidents lead to injuries and deaths of people, many of whom have safety certification and wear a helmet. In the winter of 2020-21, most fatalities involved alcohol.

Stay safe on the trail this year

Snowmobiles are a fun recreational activity that many people across Wisconsin enjoy. The critical thing to remember is that you have to remain safe. However, if an unsafe snowmobiler injures you or your family, you have every right to pursue compensation.

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