This blog post, originally highlighted on our website several years ago, bears repeating as we enjoy winter sports outside. Please take a minute and review this article, which can be found below, to make sure your snowmobiling practices are as safe as possible!
Planning on riding on an all-terrain vehicle this fall? Are you sure that you're current on all the best practices for safety standards? If you're unsure, it may be time to brush up on your facts! The website ATVSafety.org offers a variety of extremely helpful resources for you, your family, and friends. They even have an online course so you can make sure you're fit and educated before you hit the road! You need to make sure you're safe and prepared before riding to avoid injuring yourself or others. It should be noted that, within the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, all-terrain vehicles need to be registered with the Department of Transportation. A license is not required for drivers of these vehicles. There are no clear laws pertaining to the registration of dirt bikes.
How amazing and resourceful kids can be!! Our firm just read the most exciting article about a son who rescued his father from a potentially deadly snowmobile accident. While out riding in the Lake Tahoe backcountry, a father was in a serious snowmobile accident while out with his young son. In an effort to save his father, the boy got on his snowmobile and navigated his way out of the park to find help. To read more about this amazing true story from Reader's Digest, please click here.
Are you being safe when you ride your ATV this fall? Hopefully, if you plan to ride your snowmobile this winter, you will keep safety in mind as well. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, an unnamed victim lost his life while riding his all-terrain vehicle. Near Pittsburgh, in Beaver County, an ATV driver passed away after he drove his vehicle off a trail and into a pond. The site of the crash was in an old mining area, where the victim was not with the rest of the group of riders that he had started off with. Unfortunately, he was trapped under the vehicle for an extended period of time before the emergency response teams could get him out. Our sympathies go out to the victim and his/her family.
Pennsylvanians who enjoy our great outdoors on game lands will likely be required to have a permit in the future. As the result of a proposal put forth to the Pennsylvania Game Commission's board, anyone who wants to hike, ride a bicycle, horseback ride, or snowmobile on state game lands will need to either buy a hunting license or get a free permit. Proponents of the permitting process say that the permits will work as a way to collect data on the use of land by non-hunters, and will provide a means to help maintain game lands.
Recently, several snowmobile accidents have shown up in the news across states along the east coast. One accident, which occurred in New Hampshire near Boston, Massachusetts, involved a father and son. According to the news article from CBS Local in Boston, a father of three was out riding a snowmobile with his nine-year-old son when the throttle of his snowmobile got stuck. The snowmobile hit a rock, and the father and son threw themselves off of the vehicle as it went airborne. The son survived, but the father unfortunately did not. The snowmobile landed in a nearby creek after flying over 70 feet into the air. The son, whose only injury was a broken leg, was grateful to his father for saving his life by throwing him into a pile of powdery snow, which broke his fall.