With icy roads already a problem, many riders turn in their motorcycles for the winter. For some it is just too darn cold to race around unprotected from the wind. For others it’s just too dangerous. While your bike may not be a convenient means of transportation during the winter months, you could have some fun on a snowmobile.
Snowmobiles were originally intended as a reliable means of making it short distances for people who would get isolated after a snow storm. Their rugged structure and ski base makes them a perfect vehicle for braving both snow and icy conditions. Of course over time they also became a recreational vehicle, used by families to have fun in the winter. As their popularity grew, they became a part of winter sports events, mainly for racing.
Do You Need a Helmet?
While there are no laws about snowmobile helmets, as these are typically off road vehicles, you should still practice caution and protect your head and spine when riding a snowmobile. While snow looks like its soft enough to break a fall, ice isn’t and you never if there is an ugly rock hiding underneath.
Are Motorcycle Helmets Acceptable?
Since the same basic head movements are involved with motorcycle and snowmobiling riding, a motorcycle helmet is acceptable protection when riding a snowmobile. You only may want to ensure that yours has a face guard to protect from the wind and cold.
If you typically travel with passengers, don’t forget to protect them too. There are women’s and children’s motorcycle helmets available that are specially designed to fit a smaller head. A motorcycle helmet that is too big could slide out of place and offer no protection to the passenger if you don’t make sure first that it is a good fit. Make sure you read reviews to get the absolute best helmet to protect your head, brain, and spine.
What Can Happen If I don’t Wear a Helmet When Snowmobiling?
The thing about head injury is that it is very unpredictable. Some people can hit a tree head on and walk away unscathed while others may get a concussion if you tap on the head too hard. There are too many variables to give a straight answer but the worse case scenario is death, followed by a coma or paralysis.
Head injuries also can take time to present themselves, getting worse inside of your brain as you continue to ride around on the snowmobile oblivious. Anytime you fall off of a motorcycle or snowmobile and hit your head, you should be seen by a doctor as quickly as possible, whether you had on a helmet or not.
Winter sporting events are getting ready to take off. If you are thinking about getting in on that fun with snowmobile racing, make sure that you and anyone riding with has their head protected with a proper fitting motorcycle helmet.