Probably close to 100% of us who have tried it know snowmobiling can be a lot of fun! From ISMA and Guinness, here are some surprising snowmobile facts you might not know:
- The longest snowmobile journey was 12,163 miles, completed by Robert Davis of the USA. The journey took 60 days.
- The economic impact of snowmobiling is close to $40 billion dollars annually.
- Over 100,000 snowmobiles were sold in the US and Canada in 2018. This was about 4/5ths of sales worldwide.
- The snowmobile industry sustains over 100,000 fulltime jobs.
- Snowmobilers are givers! They contribute over $3 million to charity annually.
- There are over 3000 snowmobile clubs scattered around the planet.
- You might not need a license to drive a snowmobile, but operator safety-training programs are available in many areas. Avalanche safety can be a major concern for snowmobile enthusiasts in mountain areas.
- Snowmobiles have gotten way quieter over the years!
- It’s estimated that 80-90% of snowmobile riding takes place on snowmobile trails, yet only 10-15% of snowmobile incidents or accidents take place on these trails.
Safety and Snowmobile Insurance
In addition to the well-known fact that snowmobiles are just plain fun and handy to have in snow country, come a few more serious concerns. As with any vehicle, there are potential hazards to snowmobile operation.
Avalanches, mentioned above, are certainly one of these. An avalanche awareness class is beneficial and necessary for snowmobiling in mountain areas. Uneven terrain always carries potential hazards. The safest routes are designated snowmobile trails. Also, as with any motor vehicle, drinking and driving don’t mix.
The limits of the machine and driver ability should always be respected. Safe operation and snowmobile insurance are both essential parts of snowmobile fun. Operational safely and insurance against risk put the odds are on your side!