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RCMP offer up snowmobile safety tips

Here are some tips to keep in mind before you head out on the trails

With the winter weather upon us and the recent snowfall, snowmobile enthusiasts have begun to take to trail across Nova Scotia to enjoy some winter fun. The Nova Scotia RCMP would like to take this opportunity to remind snowmobile enthusiasts about the importance of safety when on the trails this season.                                                    

Here are some tips to keep in mind before you head out on the trails:

  • Always check the weather conditions before you leave.
  • Never ride alone.
  • Take a cell phone in case of emergency.
  • Have a map and take note of shelters available along the way.
  • Let someone know your plans, where you are going, the route you plan on taking and the time you expect to return.
  • Always wear protective clothing, including a helmet, gloves and eye protection. Wear layers of clothing to keep warm and dry.
  • When possible, avoid crossing bodies of water. If you are crossing bodies of water, never ride in single file and wear a life jacket over your outer clothing.
  • Ride at a reasonable rate of speed. Know your riding partner's driving limitations as well as your own and operate only at a speed that allows you both to remain in total control of your snowmobiles.
  • Ride sober. Don't drink or consume drugs before or while snowmobiling.
  • When venturing into remote areas, snowmobilers should be alert and take all precautions necessary, as help could be several hours away.

“Every year the RCMP in Nova Scotia responds to fatal collisions involving snowmobiles on our trails. We also respond to complaints involving stranded snowmobilers who did not bring enough provisions or clothing that is warm enough, for their trip. Before you head out on the trails this season make sure you are prepared and always ride sober” says Cpl. Chris Marshall of the Nova Scotia RCMP.

Let’s all do our part to ensure a fun and safe snowmobile season for all!


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