Ready, Set, Snowmobile. Safety Tips from Foremost Insurance Group

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A perfectly snow powdered trail and an awesome machine equals a wonderful world of snowmobiling. Foremost® not only insures snowmobiles, we have experts on staff that provide knowledge and know-how for snowmobile enthusiasts.

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A perfectly snow powdered trail and an awesome machine equals a wonderful world of snowmobiling. Foremost® not only insures snowmobiles, we have experts on staff that provide knowledge and know-how for snowmobile enthusiasts. Snowmobiling is a popular pastime and weekend or week-long trips seem to be the ideal way to spend winter free-time for snowmobilers all across the country.

“Safety plays such a big part of any of the outdoor products we insure. Snowmobile safety is especially important, noting that most accidents could possibly be avoided by following simple safety steps,” says Kevin Henry, senior product manager. “Here at Foremost, we focus on the steps our customers can take to make their adventures as safe as they can be.”

Foremost recommends that safety come first when preparing for a snowmobile trip, whether it’s a day, weekend or week. These tips will help you prepare and enjoy your next adventure on your sled:

  • Know the law. Check with the local DNR, law enforcement agencies, dealers and clubs to make sure you follow all the rules in the area where you are riding.
  • Gear up. Always wear protective gear such as a safety-certified helmet, warm gloves, a windproof outer layer and boots.
  • Think ahead. Preparation is key during a long snowmobile ride. Check out the complete list of trip items on Foremost.com.
  • Tread lightly and respect nature. Ride only in areas where it’s permitted. Wait for enough snow to cover vegetation, avoid running over trees and shrubs and don’t disturb wildlife around you.
  • Maintain control and stay sharp. Keep your speed right for the conditions and your experience. Be aware of current terrain, visibility and weather conditions, potential hazards or obstacles. Ride only when your senses are sharp. Never do drugs or drink and then ride.
  • Check it out. Be sure your snowmobile is running properly before riding. Review your owner’s manual. Follow the recommended service schedule and be sure an authorized service provider makes all repairs.
  • Take a friend. It’s more fun — and safer — to ride with a friend along.
  • Be careful crossing roads. Stop completely and make sure that no traffic is approaching from any direction.
  • Slow down at night. The slower you go, the more room you have to stop. Also, avoid riding along road shoulders at night where your headlight, and those of street traffic, could cause confusion.
  • Beware of water. Drowning is a leading cause of snowmobile fatalities. Never cross over a frozen lake, pond or stream. You run the risk of breaking through the ice, and starting, stopping and turning are more difficult due to less traction.
  • Know you’re protected. Be sure you have proper insurance coverage to protect your vehicle and provide liability coverage in case someone gets injured or property is damaged during the use of your machine.

Foremost wants you to be safe in your travels. To learn more about Foremost products or to share feedback, visit http://www.Foremost.com, our blog at blog.foremost.com, our Facebook page at http://www.Facebook.com/ForemostInsurance or our Twitter page at http://www.Twitter.com/Foremost.

A part of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies®, Foremost Insurance Group ("Foremost") has been a leader in personal lines insurance since 1952. Foremost is headquartered in Caledonia, Michigan. Farmers is a trade name and may refer to Farmers Group, Inc. or the Farmers Exchanges, as the case may be. Farmers Group, Inc., a management and holding company, along with its subsidiaries, is wholly owned by the Zurich Financial Services Group. The Farmers Exchanges are three reciprocal insurers (Farmers Insurance Exchange, Fire Insurance Exchange and Truck Insurance Exchange), including their subsidiaries and affiliates, owned by their policyholders, and managed by Farmers Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information about Farmers, visit http://www.Farmers.com, or http://www.Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

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