Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) Inc. is celebrating International Snowmobile Safety Week, which runs from Jan. 18-26, and encourages all riders to ride safe, stay on the trails, and respect private property.
“Snowmobile safety has always been a high priority for our organization”, said Yvonne Rideout, the organization’s executive director. “We work closely with our counterparts to bring safety to the forefront and we also offer an online safety course.”
Snoman’s partners, One Insurance and BSI Insurance Brokers, are offering a 5 per cent discount on insurance after riders have completed the course and show proof of a Manitoba Snowmobile Safety Card.
An integral part of safety week is the Safe Riders! snowmobile safety campaign. The campaign includes the following messages:
-Snowmobiling and alcohol/drugs don’t mix – don’t ride impaired
-Know before you go! Always check local ice conditions
-When night riding, slow down! Expect the unexpected
-Know the risks, be prepared and make every trip a round trip
-Cross roadways with care
-Ride smart, ride right. Stay in control
-Smart riders are safe riders. Take snowmobile safety training.
“With over 12,000 kilometers of designated trails, the third largest in Canada, it is essential that all riders practice safety,” said Rideout. “The best policy is to ride with a friend and let someone know where you are going and when you will return”.
Snoman Inc., a non-profit organization, is dedicated to providing strong leadership and support to its member clubs to develop safe and environmentally responsible snowmobile trails to further the enjoyment of organized recreational snowmobiling in Manitoba.