10 Safety Checks to Perform on Your Snowmobile

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Snowmobiles are a lot of fun and can be driven by sport enthusiast of all ages. They can be used to explore a winter wonderland and also by those who are regularly cut off from the outside world by excessive snowfall. Just like other types of vehicles, such as a transit van or an SUV, it has to be maintained regularly. If it isn’t checked, many problems can happen. Its oil levels and tyre pressure must be checked often so that there is a minimal chance of any problems occurring.  

There are many safety checks which have to be done:

1. Spark plugs
When spark plugs are damaged, this can affect its performance. It is recommended that it is done more on a regular basis.

2. Trailer
The vehicle which is used to tow a vehicle should be able to do so safely. If the tow bar for attaching a trailer has started to show signs of wear and tear, it must be replaced.

3. Fuel
Although this sounds like a basic safety check, it is vital. When travelling through areas that have had huge snow drifts, the driver’s safety can be compromised if they break down and don’t have enough fuel to get home.

4. Fuel fittings
Even if a snowmobile has enough fuel, the driver should check to see that there are no leakages. If there are any leaks, these should be fixed before setting off.

5. Track
A track should be looked at before an engine is turned over. If they are worn down, it can slide on snow and cause injury.

6. Brake lights
When driving at night, brake lights should be fully working. If it is driven in an area where many other vehicles are, there is a high chance that there will be a collision because a driver wasn’t visible.

7. Nuts and bolts
Although it might not have a lot of nuts and bolts, each should be checked to determine whether there is any damage. If so, this should be resolved.

8. Chain
When a chain is not fully lubricated, it has to be oiled. If it does not have suitable lubrication, friction can happen and cause damage.

9. Front lights
A vehicle’s front lights should be fully working. By turning them on and off, a driver can check that they aren’t broken.

10. Suspension
A snowmobile should have very good suspension, in particular when driving over hilly terrains. A driver should find out if their vehicle has good suspension even if they only drive on flat terrain.

By fully checking a vehicle over, a driver and their passengers will be safe. Why not embrace this advice?

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Shashank Mohan has 4 articles online

Shashank Mohan is an experienced blogger and columnist who loves all things related to All Terrain Vehicles and ATV Adventure. In this article he is sharing 10 safety checks to perform on Snowmobiles.

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This article was published on 2013/07/30