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Stay Safe this Snowmobile Season

It’s the time of year for snowmobile riders to enjoy this exciting and adventurous sport. So, if you’re a devoted snowmobile rider, your safety is our number one priority.

We want you to enjoy your snow-filled adventure safely, so we’ve put together a few helpful tips.

1. Inspect your sled before you ride. Make sure your fluid levels are up, brakes, lights, skis, throttle, etc. are working correctly to ensure your sled is running appropriately and safely.

2. Gear up the right way. Staying warm and dry during your ride will not only make it more enjoyable but much safer. Dress in layers; choose polyester blends to wick away moisture. Always wear a DOT-approved helmet, not only to keep you warm but to protect your head from injury.

3. Never ride alone. Always ride with a friend or in a group. If your sled breaks down or something goes wrong, you’ll have someone with you to offer immediate help. Also, keep in mind that cell service varies and may not be available in remote areas. Be sure to inform your family of your travel plans, route, and your expected return time. In case you get stranded, they’ll be able to locate you.

4. Stay equipped with safety kits. Always be prepared by keeping snacks, water, a first aid kit, as well as an emergency and repair kit with you, in case you get hurt, become stranded, or your sled breaks down.

5. Stay on marked trails and don’t speed. Marked trails are groomed and adequately maintained for riding which means you’re less likely to encounter ditches, rocks, fallen trees or other dangerous hazards. Also, steer clear of private property signs and frozen rivers. And most importantly, always watch your speed and be sure to remain alert and cautious when entering corners and intersections.

When life gives you snow, why not buy a snowmobile and have a little fun? We have great rates and multiple terms available on snowmobile loans so, embrace the trails on a new sled. Visit necu.org/snowmobile to apply.