International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week starts on the third Saturday of January every year. Did you know that it has been more than 70 years since the first snowmobile was made? Snowmobiles are vehicles designed and built to be used in the snow. They’re a fun way to go about in places where there is heavy snowfall, and are enjoyed by millions all over the world as a winter sport. But it does not come without safety concerns. Snowmobiles can quickly become dangerous if not used with the necessary precautions. International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week was created to spread awareness among the people about the safety precautions one needs to ensure before using a snowmobile, to keep them and the people around them safe.
History of International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week
Sledding has been a popular recreational activity for many centuries. However, the motorized sled was invented in 1927 by a mechanic in Valcourt Quebec named Joseph-Armand Bombardier. Bombardier made the first-ever motorized sled by using a propeller. A few years later in 1927, the motor toboggan was made. Bombardier used the wheel and track system to further improve his invention, and thus in 1935, the first snowmobile was made.
In the coming years, Bombardier would make modifications to the snowmobile, which became immensely popular. He patented the first seven-member snowmobile in 1937 and the 12-member capacity one in 1941. Bombardier’s snowmobiles turned out to be extremely useful for people, especially people working in the law enforcement, fire service, hospital emergency services, etc. Some of these vehicles were modified for military use and used by the American troops in World War II.
By the 1960s, new snowmobiles with powerful engines emerged. It was popular among people around the world who lived in frigid regions where there was heavy snowfall. People enjoyed snowmobiles as a recreational activity and as a winter sport. It was also useful for going from place to place during the times heavy snowfall would block the roads.
Many incidents of accidents and mishaps involving snowmobiles were reported. Many were also concerned about fuel usage and its impact on the environment. In 1993, International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week was created to encourage people to use necessary safety equipment like helmets and protective gear and to use snowmobiles made by authorized companies that produce snowmobiles that undergo strict pollution checks.
International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week timeline
Joseph Bombardier creates the first motorized sled.
Bombardier modifies his invention with a track system and makes the first-ever snowmobile.
Many accidents are reported involving snowmobiles, and these accidents are due to improper equipment and a lack of safety measures.
The week is created to raise awareness about snowmobile safety
International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week FAQs
What is the cost of an average snowmobile?
Snowmobiles can cost anywhere from $4000 to $10,000, depending on the quality. You can also get used snowmobiles for relatively lower prices.
What is the average speed of a snowmobile?
Snowmobiles can speed up to 125 miles per hour. But the higher-end models that are used exclusively for sports and racing can go up to 150 miles per hour.
Can I ride a snowmobile at night?
Yes. Many believe that snowmobiling is more fun and peaceful at night because it is less crowded and it can seem more adventurous; however, apart from the regular safety precautions, you need to be extra cautious. Make sure your snowmobile’s headlights are working properly. Take a head-mounted torch for extra light and protection. Ensure that the fuel tank is full before you set out for your adventure in the dark.
How to Observe International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week
What better way to observe International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week than to raise awareness among people about snowmobile safety. Organize awareness events in your community center and educate people, especially young adults, on the importance of following safety precautions while using the snowmobile.
Share it on social media
Let everyone know that you're celebrating this day. Write articles about safety measures to be taken by people using the snowmobile. Also, write articles that encourage people to use environment-friendly snowmobiles that do not consume unnecessary fuel and pollute the environment.
Read more snowmobile history
Use this day to improve your knowledge. Read more about the life and times of mechanic Joseph Bombardier. Learn more about what inspired him to make the first propeller-driven sled, and what challenges he faced in the 1920s while creating his invention. Use this day to expand your general knowledge.
5 Facts About Snowmobiles That Will Blow Your Mind
It is a $22 million business
In the United States alone, snowmobiling is a $22 million business.
Marked trails exist
There are about 230,000 miles of marked snowmobiling tracks in the United States.
It is also called Ski-Doo
Snowmobiles are also called Ski-Doos.
The snowmobiling world record
The greatest distance traveled in a snowmobile is 2,081 miles.
Snowmobiles can travel on water
In the right conditions and speed, snowmobiles can be used on the surface of the water.
Why International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week is Important
It makes us realize the importance of safety precautions
Most of the accidents reported with snowmobiles were shown to be due to negligence in following safety precautions. This day reminds us of the importance of wearing helmets and protective gear while snowmobiling, and keeping our loved ones safe.
It is a wake-up call for us to protect the environment
This day reminds us of our duties as responsible citizens to take steps towards protecting the environment. Some snowmobiles generate exhaust fumes that pollute the environment and take up a lot of fuel. Hence, it reminds us to use eco-friendly snowmobiles that are certified to use fuel to the minimum and generate less to no fumes.
It gives us a chance to improve our knowledge
This is also a day of learning. This day gives us an opportunity to learn more about the history of how the Ski-Doo came into existence. As we read about the story of Joseph Bombardier, we stumble across stories of many such inventions that emerged during a time when resources were limited.
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