RCMP in Manitoba are reminding snowmobilers to ride safely as they enjoy the outdoors this Winter season.
Last Winter six snowmobilers in Manitoba lost their lives in collisions and several others were injured.
- Search Snowmobile collision in Northern Manitoba sends two men to hospital
- Fatal snowmobile collision claims life of male rider
- Snowmobile collision kills 29-year-old man
If you are going to hit the trails this Winter know your abilities and ride within your limits.
Here are a few things to remember before setting off:
- Don’t drink and drive. If you are going to ride stay sober!
- Always check the weather before setting out on the trails
- Let someone know where you are going, your planned route and when you plan to return
- Always ride in groups and always follow trail signs
- If you have to cross a body of water be aware of ice thickness and wear a life jacket over your outer clothing (it can save your life)
- Ice thickness must be a minimum of 5 inches in order to hold the weight of a snowmobile and rider.
- Always wear protective clothing including a helmet, gloves and eye protection.
- Dress for conditions and dress in layers to keep warm and dry.
- It is a good idea to carry food, water and an emergency first aid kit
- Before heading out check your snowmobile and make sure it is in a safe condition to operate.
- NEVER speed – driving at a moderate pace will allow you to react to unexpected occurrences on your trail
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