Picture yourself here:   Andrew Tilley, Owner/Operator of Driven PowerSports enjoying the snowmobiling experience on the west coast.

Snowmobiling in Newfoundland and Labrador offers riders coastal journeys with beautiful ocean vistas with exotic treks through Newfoundland and Labrador’s forests, over ancient mountains, and along the edges of glacier-carved fjords. There are more than 5,000 kilometres of trails, and accessible backcountry for snowmobile riders to experience.

Driven PowerSports offers 10 SAFETY Tips for an amazing and successful snowmobile adventure in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  1. Check the weather forecast and trail conditions.

Always check the weather and trail conditions before heading out. Plan your ride around the weather.  Visit www.weather.gc.ca for weather conditions.  Check out www.google.com/maps/ for groomed trails.

 

  1. Wear appropriate clothes and protective gear.

Stay warm and dry during your ride. Wear an insulated snowmobile suit. Dress in layers. Choose polyester blends to wick moisture away from your body.  Wear goggles or face shield; waterproof gloves, winter hat, facemask and winter boots. Always wear a DOT-approved helmet to protect your head from injury.

Make sure children have a helmet that properly fits.

Visit www.drivenpowersports.ca for top quality snowmobile accessories and clothing.

 

  1. Inspect your snowmobile before your ride.

Make sure your snowmobile is running properly before heading out on the trail. Before each ride: check fuel and oil levels, battery, brakes, drive belt, skis, throttle, handlebars, headlights andtaillights.  Certified technicians are ready to solve any problem at Driven PowerSports located at 41 Sagona Avenue, Mount Pearl, NL. Call 709.745.4232

 

 

 

    1. Ride with a friend/or in a group.

 

Ride with a friend or in a group. Tell a friend or family member your plans and route for your ride in case you and your group get stranded.

Keep in mind that cell phones don’t always work in remote areas.

  1. Carry a first-aid kit, emergency kit and repair kit.

Keep a basic first-aid kit in the snowmobile in case of injury.  Carry an emergency kit with waterproof matches, flashlight, compass, map, blanket, water, snacks and a knife. A repair kit is also essential and should include: duct tape, tools, spare belt, tow rope, spark plugs and pry bar.

 

  1. Be alert.

Watch for obstacles in your path, such as rocks, fallen trees, barbed wire fences, ditches, open water, other snowmobiles, snow banks, animals, hikers and skiers.

 

 

  1. Stay on the trail.

Stay on marked trails that have been groomed for snowmobilers.  Be a responsible rider by following the posted signs and trail markers.

 

  1. Avoid open water ponds and frozen rivers

Ice can easily crack and give way under your snowmobile.

 

 

  1. Never Drink and Ride

Operating a snowmobile while impaired can lead to delayed responses and cause accidents and even death.  Choosing the “Zero Alcohol ” approach will save lives and reduce injuries.

 

  1. Ride responsibly

Do not speed. Many trails have posted speed limits to follow. Allow time to be able to react to an unexpected occurrence on your trail and avoid an accident.

 

Message from Driven PowerSports, 41 Sagona Avenue, Mount Pearl, NL 709.745.4232: Have a fun and safe snowmobile riding experience in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Get all the latest news, exclusive offers, exciting promotions on quality brand snowmobile gear and accessories at www.DrivenPowerSports.ca