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Rob Carnie: On the air with Greg Marcyniuk, Heritage Insurance in downtown Moose Jaw. We've got enough snow in some localities to get those snow machines going. And it's snowmobile safety tips on the air today, Greg. So important that we pay attention. Snowmobiling can be very dangerous. It can be a very fun sport, but you really got to obey the laws and be extra careful out there.
Greg Marcyniuk: That's correct, Rob. A snowmobile is just like any other vehicle. So first and foremost, you should make sure your snowmobile is properly insured and registered. And whether you're a seasoned driver or a new driver, because of COVID, there's been a lot of people who have gone out and purchased snowmobiles that never have, you should follow these snowmobile safety tips, and it's good to review them. First and foremost, you've got to know the law.
And in Saskatchewan, if you're out on any trails, it is mandatory that your vehicle or your snowmobile is registered. As well as, you've got to be aware now with these trespassing laws that they've just implemented as far as going and just...You can't go and drive anywhere. So you've got to check with people first before you go on to fields and operate the machines. Next thing is inspecting it before you get out and ride it.
Make sure that the engine is running properly, the oil is right, and make sure you have enough gas to get to your destination. Another big thing is make sure your track is free and all of the steerings are working properly. And make sure you have an emergency kit. An emergency kit should have all the things you need in the event that you do have a breakdown, as well as life-saving equipment because both you'll need to have something to repair quickly and as well as with the proper survival kit, it's a lifesaver.
The other big thing is do not drink and drive. Please don't do that, because operating a snowmobile has the same repercussions as operating a vehicle under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. So it's just best not to operate any form of vehicle after you've been drinking or using any other sort of substance.
Be aware of your surroundings and always focus on the path ahead and what surrounds you, because it just takes a second to be distracted and crash on a snowmobile. Some of these snowmobiles go so fast now, Rob. It's just boom, like a blink of the eye. And I know, I've experienced myself. If you are a new rider, please, you know, it's not, you know, driving a snowmobile looks real easy, but now with the power of these sleds, how they operate, and how quick they are, it's best just to take a few lessons.
And if you're an older seasoned rider, just take it easy, brush up on your skills and knowledge as well. The other thing is dress for the weather conditions because remember it takes very little time for any extremities that are exposed to freeze. So make sure you have your body properly all covered. And the biggest part too, when you're going out best to ride with a buddy.
If you aren't, make sure you tell a person where you're going and what time, so that if you don't show, and which directions you're going and the route you're taking, so if you don't show they know where to go looking. So it's just a good idea to follow these guidelines.
Rob Carnie: I'm assuming that by getting your snowmobile registered as you need to do by law, you get some basic insurance coverage?
Greg Marcyniuk: Very limited insurance coverage. It's just a registration is all. In fact, Rob, you do have to add extra coverage on there for theft, collision, storage, all of that. So best to come down and talk to any of our fine people to make sure you are properly covered.
Rob Carnie: Snowmobile tips with Greg Marcyniuk, Heritage Insurance, downtown Moose Jaw. And if we want to get these tips, if we want to talk to you about insurance coverage, we drop down and see them, we can also go online
Greg Marcyniuk: Yes at heritageinsurance.ca or come on down the corner at First and Fairford Street West.
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