Snowmobiling is fun, but it can also be dangerous, especially for children. Many children are seriously injured each year, sometimes fatally, by operating or riding on a snowmobile.
Statistics from the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program show that the main causes of child snowmobile-related injuries are losing control of the machine, being thrown off or colliding with an immobile object, such as a tree or another snowmobile. Children have also been seriously injured as passengers or while being towed behind a snowmobile in a tube or sled.
Follow these tips to improve safety and reduce injury.
- Every rider should use a snowmobile helmet on every trip.
- Children under the age of 16 should not drive a snowmobile.
- Children under age six should not ride as passengers on snowmobiles.
- Avoid “kid-sized” snowmobiles, despite their smaller size. They are still not safe for children's use.
- Snowmobile drivers should receive instruction in the safe operation of their machine by an instructor. Contact your provincial or territorial snowmobile association.
- Ride on trails that enforce rules and promote safe driving.
- Never tow a person behind a snowmobile – this is a high-risk activity.
For more information: contact your provincial or territorial snowmobile association, Ministry of Transportation, or The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations at (506) 387-8960.