Snowmobiles are popular forms of winter recreational activity.  The Hamilton Police Service would like to remind you to follow proper safety precautions in order to prevent an accident from occurring.

Riders should wear the proper gear while using a snowmobile. This includes:

  • A proper helmet certified by DOT, SNELL or other manufacturers that meet the standard
  • Proper clothing including under layers which provide a barrier from cold, wind chill, and frostbite, as well as a proper snowmobile suit.
  • Facemasks
  • Eye protection
  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Boots

You should carry a variety of gear with you when snowmobiling to ensure that you are properly prepared for emergencies and changing conditions.

  • First Aid Kit
  • Cellular Phone
  • GPS Navigation System and/or a Compass and Map
  • Throw Rope
  • Ice Picks
  • Waterproof matches with a candle or firestarter
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Whistle
  • Blankets
  • Food
  • Water
  • Extra clothing
  • Flares / Strobe
  • Flotation device (if you’re travelling across ice)

Other Snowmobile Safety Tips

  • Always ride with a partner.
  • Ensure that your snowmobile has been checked over and in good functioning condition.
  • Ensure that you have the required permits and insurance to operate the snowmobile.
  • Ensure that your snowmobile is equipped with a tool kit. Most snowmobiles are equipped with a basic tool kit in the snowmobile’s hood or under the seat.
  • Plan your route and inform others of where you are going
  • Stay on approved trails and ride on the right side of the trail
  • Ride at an appropriate posted speed limits (50km/hr on trails unless otherwise posted)
  • Stay alert and keep watch for obstacles
  • If you’re travelling across ice, ensure that you check the ice thickness. If you are unsure, DO NOT ride onto the ice!
  • At night, slow down and wear a headlamp.

NEVER drive a snowmobile while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

The Hamilton Police Service urges you to take the necessary precautions to stay safe.  For more information, please visit the MTO website.