Snowmobiling is one of the most fun and rewarding winter activities. And it’s no secret we’re huge fans of the sport here at Canvasworks in Cokato. In fact, our founder loves snowmobiling so much that he invented a special trailer enclosure for his snowmobiling trailer known as a SnoCaps Trailer Enclosure.
As with everything we love, passing it on to the next generation has its own special appeal. In this post, we’re sharing our best tips for getting kids involved in snowmobiling. Check out our advice and have fun out on the snow with your kids this year!
First Things First
The most important thing to remember when it comes to snowmobiling and kids is safety. Children less than six years old should never ride on a snowmobile under any circumstances, and they should be at least 16 years old to drive. Even if your child is old enough to drive, make sure they’re mature enough to handle it.
Remember that the leading cause of death or serious injury on snowmobiles is head trauma. This type of injury can happen when loading or unloading a snowmobile, when an impact occurs, when a child falls from a snowmobile, and in unsafe riding conditions. Remember also that head injuries are more common in passengers than in drivers. A common mistake parents make is underestimating how much strength it takes to hold onto a snowmobile, particularly when it hits bumpy ground.
Follow these tips for safe riding with kids:
1. Check the weather forecast ahead of time, never snowmobile on ice, and check for avalanche risks ahead of time if that is a danger in your area.
2. Know the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite.
3. Keep kids in the passenger seat. Never place them in front of you while riding.
4. Make sure everyone is dressed warmly and in appropriate snowmobile gear, and be sure to wear DOT-approved helmets.
5. Make sure your phone is charged and with you at all times.
6. Carry the right emergency equipment including tools, an extra key, survival kit, and flares.
7. Keep a complete first aid kit with you at all times.
8. Keep your lights on for added safety.
9. Never pull anyone behind your snowmobile on a sled, saucer, tube, or other equipment.
10. Do not carry more than one passenger under any circumstances.
11. Stick to groomed trails and stay in sight of your party. Avoid roads, railroads, and waterways.
12. Respect speed limits and drive at safe speeds. Always drive sober.
Call for Your SnoCaps Trailer Enclosure
If you’re looking forward to taking your kids out on the trail this season, don’t forget to protect your snowmobile on the road. Check out our online gallery to see our SnoCaps Trailer Enclosures and then give us a call to order yours! Call us at 320-559-0165 to order your trailer enclosure or contact us online to find out more about our trailer enclosures. Have a great time with your kids this winter and don’t forget to be safe!