Snowmobiles: Safety tips for families

February 21st, 2018

Snowmobiling is a popular winter activity in Canada. But each year, many people are seriously injured while snowmobiling. Head injuries are the leading cause of serious injury or death on snowmobiles.

Injury can happen when:

  • the snowmobile hits a tree, another snowmobile or other motorized vehicle,
  • a child/teen falls from the snowmobile, or the snowmobile rolls over them,
  • the snowmobile breaks through the ice or comes across open water,
  • loading or unloading a snowmobile,
  • riding conditions are unsafe (such as bad weather).

To safely drive a snowmobile, you need to be strong, skilled and mature. For this reason:

  • Children and teens under 16 years of age should not operate snowmobiles.

Head injuries are more common in passengers than in drivers. It takes strength and stamina to be a passenger on a snowmobile. Passengers need to hold on tight for a long period of time, which can be hard to do, especially when the snowmobile is running over bumpy ground at a high speed. For this reason:

  • Children under the age of 6 should never ride as passengers on a snowmobile.

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Posted on February 21st, 2018