With winter just beginning and snow falling in many parts of the province, snowmobilers are now heading out to the various trails and for some, that first ride of the season.
“Every winter, our officers are called upon to attend the scenes of tragic snowmobile collisions. This past weekend alone, two lives were lost on snowmobiles in Manitoba,” says Sgt. Paul Manaigre, RCMP media relations officer.
The RCMP is providing the following tips in the hopes of making everyone who rides a snowmobile safer so that they can get home to their friends and family:
-Know your abilities and ride within your limits. This will allow you to always be in control of your snowmobile.
-Use caution, be alert and slow down when operating on unfamiliar terrain. Always look ahead and be ready for hidden or unforeseen obstacles.
-Always ride in groups and let people know where you’re going, the route you will be taking, and when you expect to return.
-Wear the proper protective clothing, including a helmet, to keep you warm and to keep you safe.
-Be cautious of ice thickness when crossing frozen bodies of water. If you are crossing a body of water, please wear a floatation device over your outer clothing.
-Ride sober. Drinking and using cannabis while operating a snowmobile don’t mix.