More than 50% of snowmobile mishaps involve drivers who are under the effects of alcohol, a figure that says a lot about the irresponsibility of too many drivers on our snowmobile trails. International Snowmobile Safety Week, an initiative of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association, is a good time to consider this. Running from January 8th through the 14th, the official slogan of the campaign, ?Safe Riders! You make snowmobiling safe,? reminds you that you can make a difference.
Among other things, we often forget when thinking about safety that it isn?t only ourselves we need to consider. Four million devotees ride snowmobiles in North America every year. The state you are in when you?re driving has an impact on them as well. By drinking alcohol before going riding, you are putting their lives as well as your own in danger. As well, you shouldn?t forget that being inebriated at the wheel of a snowmobile is just as serious as being inebriated at the wheel of a car. Your field of vision is reduced, your sense of disorientation is increased, your depth perception is skewed, your reflexes are slowed and your judgment is impaired in exactly the same way.
Of course, other circumstances, such as excessive speed and dangerous manoeuvres, can cause accidents on snowmobile trails. To learn about preventive steps that you can take, don?t hesitate to contact the snowmobile club in your area or the Federation of Snowmobile Clubs. Let?s make International Snowmobile Safety Week a success by participating in large numbers.
British Columbia Snowmobile Federation
For more information on safe snowmobiling and upcoming events, membership forms and more, visit the British Columbia Snowmobile Federation website at www.bcsf.org