We all ride for one reason – because we love it. And what better way to ride than in the company of friends? With that in common, it’s only logical that we all take the time to consider fellow riders and our environment. That way, we can all continue to enjoy this wonderful sport while still being safe. Here are a few tips that should be of help when riding as part of a group.
Group Riding Etiquette Tips
- Stick to the right side of the trail to avoid unneccessary collisions
- Treat others as you wish to be treated – be courteous to fellow riders
- Give trail groomers the right of way – your snowmobile is smaller and much more maneuverable!
- Give the right of way to any skiers, hikers, persons on snowshoes or dogsleds you might encounter.
- Reduce your speed when there is oncoming traffic.
- Observe your environment and make your intentions known.
- Give uphill riders right of way when you are traveling downhill.
- Be prepared to help others in the event of a problem
- Always report illegal operation out on the trails.
- Slow down when passing a parked snowmobile on the trail.
- Use hand signals to indicate how many people are in your party.
- Don’t lose the person behind you – look after them.
- Know your map and your route and make sure your companions know it too.
- Stay in the same order all day that you started out in.
- Don’t ride too close to each other – it’s a common cause of accidents
- When on a trail, ride in single file to avoid oncoming traffic
We hope this helps make your group riding experience that much more enjoyable. Do you have any tips for group riding? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!