Snowmobiling is a popular winter sport in New England. Vacations are prevalent in the area as people travel from all over to enjoy the 26,000+ miles of groomed trails within the states in this region.
With this year’s early riding conditions, many have been able to enjoy long trips across this beautiful landscape. If you have a trip planned in the coming months, let’s run through a few important safety tips that will help keep you prepared and protected.
1. Register your sled
Every state throughout New England requires you to register your snowmobile unless the snowmobile is being operated on property owned or leased by the owner. Certain out-of-state registered snowmobiles may be operated in Connecticut if the state in which the snowmobile is registered grants similar privileges to residents of this state.
Currently, only Vermont grants similar privileges. To get your sled registered in Connecticut visit CT.gov and fill out the application.
The fee for registration is $20.00, $5 plate fee, $10.00 Clean Air Act fee. REGISTER HERE
2. Take a snowmobile safety course
It is not only important to learn the rules of the road and tips for the trails, but many states require you to take a safety course, including Vermont and New Hampshire. This courses can be completed online and usually only takes about 30 minutes to complete.
The course costs $30 and can be completed at Snowmobile-ed.com.
3. Follow service schedule
If it’s your first time riding your sled this year, make sure it’s property prepared. Stay on top of your regular service and repairs. For a full list as to what to check for, head over to UpNorthSports.com.
4. Create a survival kit
When you picture a day out on the trails, that picture doesn’t typically include breaking down, or generally getting stranded. We hope those things never happen to you, but in case they do, being prepared can literally mean the difference between life and death.
5. Plan a trip with a friend
Well this seems nice, but why? For most snowmobiling trips, this means you will be crossing over 30+ miles of terrain and if your sled breaks down or you run into an accident, you will be stranded. Riding with a friend means that you will have the assurance knowing that if your machine is disabled, you have another to get help.
6. Insure your snowmobile
Insurance for your snowmobile protects not only your sled, but bodily injury and medical payments. Questions about purchasing snowmobile insurance, contact us at 203-481-8898 or fill out the form on Snowmobile Insurance.
These are just a few examples of how to prepare yourself before you take off on your next snowmobile adventure. We highly recommend taking a safety course mentioned in the second step as you will learn a more detailed set of ways to stay protected.
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