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Snowmobiling: everything you need to know

Snowmobiling: everything you need to know

Snowmobiling is more and more popular in Quebec. There are now more than 200,000 enthusiasts in the province.  Things are getting crowded on our trails. Therefore it is very important to be aware of all the rules and regulations to enjoy your pastime safely.

Snowmobile regulations

  • To ride in FCMQ trails, you must have a valid trail permit.  It needs to be renewed every year.
  • You must have the vehicle registration certificate with you.
  • You must hold a third-party liability insurance contract of not less than $1,000,000.
  • Since September 10, 2021, you must have a valid driver’s license to drive on a trail, on public land or on private land belonging to a municipality (new Act).
  • If the operator is a minor (16 or 17 years old), they must hold a certificate obtained from an officer authorized by the Government and that attests that the operator has the competence and knowledge required to operate an off-road vehicle.

Snowmobile safety rules

  • You should never go alone. The ideal is to plan your itinerary and alert someone. Use the iMotoneige app to share the itinerary.
  • It is safest to ride between 6 a.m. and midnight.
  • Obey the signs on the trails.
  • Keep to your right at all times. Always take into consideration that a snowmobile may be on the other side of the bend.
  • Stay on marked trails.
  • When you must stop, find a safe place with adequate visibility.
  • Keep both hands on the wheel at all times.

Snowmobiling can kill

Snowmobiling is a great activity but if you’re not careful, unfortunate things can happen.

  • On average, there are 73 snowmobile-related deaths each year in Canada.
  • The majority are men.
  • The main cause is a collision with a stationary object.
  • Risk factors are alcohol or drug use, excessive speed and driving in the evening or at night.

This winter, enjoy the pleasures of snowmobiling while keeping these safety tips in mind!

Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services
Sources :  FCMQStatistiques Canada