With spring creeping in, the winter is almost a memory. But for some families, the season left a hole in their hearts.
It has been a tragic winter for snowmobile accidents. A mid-February fatality brought the total of deaths up to 10 for the season. You may wonder why these accidents are occurring and how you can protect yourself from getting into one.
Reasons for the accidents
KARE11 reported that a Department of Natural Resources official, Joe Albert, stated the weather conditions have likely played a role in the deadly season. He explained the snow conditions have been quite favorable for snowmobiling. It brings more people out, and the larger number of adventurers means more chances for fatal accidents.
Safety advice for snowmobiles
If you are considering hitting the outdoors and taking advantage of the late winter snow, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind. Speed is often a factor in crashes, so pay attention to how fast you are moving. Also, make sure you are on marked trails and follow traffic rules, like staying to the right. Watch out for ice, which can send you spinning out of control. Avoid bad habits, like drinking and driving, and consider taking a safety course.
Snowmobiling can be an exhilarating way to enjoy the white fluffy stuff that winter brings in excess to Minnesota. But it can also be dangerous. Make sure that you keep yourself and your companions safe by being safety-minded when you head outside for some fun.