Snowmobiling is a fun activity. But, going with kids requires additional precautions. You have to make sure the vehicle is safe and comfortable when riding.
The main things to keep in mind while going out snowmobiling with your children are the comfort and safety of you and your child.
It is also recommended that the passenger child should not be less than 6 years old. Also, if the child is driving, he should be of 16 years and above.
Along with these tips, I also suggest reading my other article about 15 safety tips for snowmobiling in winters. These tips will help you drive safely alone or with your kids.
The first thing you have to do is to prepare your snowmobile for the winter season. You wouldn’t want to face any problem just because your snowmobile doesn’t start. So, take a close look at your snowmobile.
The important things to keep in mind while going on snowmobile rides are discussed below.
How to Do Snowmobiling with Kids
1. Comfort and Safety
You should take shorter rides and keep the kids with a full stomach if you have no muffpots. It means checking if they are warm, comfortable, and secure. Be sure to check the child yourself every time you stop.
So when snowmobiling with the kids, you should make sure that they are warm and have the best suit coverage. Be sure that the kids are wearing sweaters or jackets, gloves, and essential gear, which is necessary and will provide them with full safety.
There should be full comfort and safety in order to get the utmost care and ensure that the child doesn’t get hurt.
Take all the essential things with you in your snowmobile backpack while going snowmobiling.
2. Age Limit
It is recommended that a child riding even only in the passenger seat should be of 6 or above. A toddler below the age won’t be able to handle the insecurities and the rough terrains.
3. Legal Age to Drive
There are various rules and regulations in multiple states about the legal age. The child should be of 16 years and above to drive the snowmobile. As children less than the age of 16 years won’t be able to drive and control the snowmobile safely and adequately.
4. Staying Warm in the Back
You should make sure that there will be cold in the back of the driver as well. So, make sure to keep all the clothes handy. You should pay extra attention to the passenger seat and check them often. Extra care should be given while preparing the passenger seat.
5. Kids in the Upfront
An illegal position i.e., snowmobiling with a child in front of an experienced operator and thinks that the child will be secured by keeping them in their arms, can be dangerous. If you still want your child seating in front, make sure he doesn’t touch the controls.
6. Kids on the Passenger Seat
The front position can be given to a toddler if he has the strength and ability to depend on for themselves.
You should make sure that the toddler has the proper safety gear. Make sure that the child moves behind you and doesn’t do anything alone. You can either have a stock 2-up sled or can add a single seat. It won’t only be safe and comfortable.
7. Try Footrests
Make sure the seats are according to the size of the toddler. As he won’t be able to reach the running boards to keep his feet, this can affect him and make it a bad ride. In addition to this, removable wooden ships on top of the running boards can be attached; this will help the child’s feet to reach them from the passenger seat easily.
8. Change in the Suspension
You may like to pull the suspension as per the size of the child on the back. This will help you in compensating for the added weight at the back. The steering can be too light or too stiff for the comfort of the passenger. You can resolve this problem by increasing the cam setting on your rear torsion springs.
9. Hanging on Tight
You should make sure that the child will take about a year or two in order to develop the ability and confidence to ride the snowmobile alone. It should be made sure that they are being provided with easy and safe gear.
10. Plan for Future
You can involve the kids by planning the trip ahead. Make sure to plan the proper ride, have appropriate safety gear for everyone. You can also go with other families to have more fun. This can be done in order to keep up the fun in winters and have great family time.
Another thing that you must take with you is the best GPS device that contains all the snowmobile trails.
Snowmobiling with a baby or a toddler can be a huge task. Make sure that your baby is safe and comfortable while going on a ride and trip on a snowmobile. Also, make sure that you are aware of the various others that can act as a threat to the child and therefore take better preventive measures before going on the ride.
The next trip can be planned in order to spend quality time with your family.