Snowmobiling; a fast moving, fast growing Outdoor Sport

Northern America and Canada’s country-side is a winter wonderland; its wilderness trails covered with snow attracts millions of snowmobile addicts and fanatics. Snowmobiling, also known as boon-docking, carving, and ditch-banging can be enjoyed by people in all age ranges. Nothing compares to the exhilaration of the high-speed adventures found in the snow covered wilderness.

Snowmobile Speed

Most of these sleds reach speeds between 55 and 100 miles per hour (mph) or 90 to 160 kilometers per hour (kph), depending on the weight of the sled and the rider. Other conditions affecting the speed are the cubic centimeters (cc), which affects the horsepower of the sled, ice covered waterways or snow covered trails, and the skills of the driver. Turbo boosters can push these sleds closer to 150 mph or 240 kph on ice covered waterways. Many icy ponds, lakes, and rivers become speedways for many enthusiasts, both sanctioned and unsanctioned.

Snowmobile Sales

Snowmobiling is a billion dollar industry that employs hundreds of thousands of people. Last year in the US snowmobile sales increased by 9.2 percent over 2013, marking the fourth straight year of 9 percent or higher sales. Original parts and clothing and equipment sales outpaced machine sales at a 20 percent increase. There are nearly a million and a half registered snowmobiles in the US, coupled with more than 600,000 snowmobiles registered in Canada. Canada enjoys yearly sales of nearly 50,000 vehicles; after all it is a Canadian invention.

Snowmobile’s Start

That’s right, the first one was built by a 15 year-old Canadian Quebecois named, Joseph-Armand Bombardier, using a Model-T frame. He attached a four-seat sleigh and a wooden propeller, and the rest is history. Look how far we’ve come, with thousands of kilometers of groomed trails, thousands of clubs, and warming stations. It’s not just a means of transportation, but a way of life to millions of enthusiasts.

Snowmobile Safety

Despite manufacturers like Polaris, Arctic Cat, and Yamaha’s active involvement in promoting safe behavior while snowmobiling, thousands of brochures and videos, groomed trails, and enforcement officers on sleds, thousands of snowmobilers are hospitalized every year due to snowmobile accidents.

The leading cause of injury to snowmobilers are mostly preventable (the majority happen off-trail) including:

• riding while impaired, a major factor in 50 percent of accidents
• excess speed
• unauthorized use of highways and roads
• unfamiliar terrain
• riding during the hours of darkness
• failure to wear protective helmets & eye protection

In spite of the presence of thousands of law enforcement officers on snowmobiles, snowmobile accidents cause injuries to even the safest riders. Law enforcement can’t be everywhere, and as stated above, the majority of these accidents take place off-trail. Whereas, it is fun and exciting to travel unfamiliar territory, wild animals, barbed wire fences, and drunken riders are more often met off-trail than on readily available groomed trails.

Enjoy one of the fastest growing winter sports, safely!

All-Terrain Vehicles can be Fun and Exciting.

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV)

All-Terrain Vehicles or ATVs are a rapidly growing form of recreation for people of all ages. These motorized vehicles are usually a three or four wheeled, motorized off-road vehicle, intended for one rider and no passengers. These vehicles are also used for transportation and occupational operations, such as farming in remote areas. (Some tandem ATVs are being manufactured that allow more passengers and bigger workloads.) However, the use and oftentimes misuse by youth, particularly those under 16 years of age, has become increasingly dangerous to their health and well-being.

ATVs can provide tons of fun and adventure, if used properly. Everyone knows how much fun these machines can be, and some even know of their many uses on the farm or as transportation out of the back woods. However, very few people are discussing the dangers of these machines to our youth.

Safe riding is paramount

Since the mid-90’s, the number of operators hospitalized on these machines have increased every year; the majority of those are youths.

Operating these motorized vehicles over rough terrain requires more strength and motor skills than most youths possess at this early stage of development. Despite warnings from manufacturers and public education announcements, very few riders utilize helmets or other safety equipment and quite frequently allow friends as passengers.

Adults must discuss and enforce safety standards

It is estimated that one-third of all families own an ATV and nearly three-fourths of the population has access to one through friends and family members. Whereas it is nearly impossible to monitor your teen’s actions after they take off into the wild terrain for an afternoon of fun and adventure, parents should at the very least discuss the dangers of high speeds on unknown terrain, wearing a helmet and other protective equipment, and not taking a passenger on vehicles not designed for passengers.

These vehicles range in size from 50 to 1000cc and reach speeds in excess of 80 mph (130 km/h). Most safety experts consider ATVs more dangerous than dirt-bikes, due mostly to the increased number of blunt head trauma and paralysis caused by vehicle flips and roll-overs.

Everyone should be aware of the following safety measures:

  • Children under 16 years of age should not operate ATVs
  • Operators should wear government approved helmets, protective clothing, and eye protection at all times.
  • Single rider ATVs should never allow passengers
  • Never operate an ATV while impaired by alcohol, prescription or non-prescription drugs
  • All operators should complete an approved safety course

Although an afternoon of fun on an ATV can be fun and exciting, taking the appropriate safety steps can help ensure a safe return.

How To Lower The Cost Of House Insurance Using Home Security Cameras

If you are looking for ways to reduce the cost of your home insurance, one of the best ways to go about doing this is through the help of a home security system. It might surprise you to learn that a home security system is actually an excellent way of dropping the cost of your home insurance. Even if you rent your apartment, if you use a wireless security system to monitor your apartment, this as well is going to drop the cost of your renters insurance. Beyond all of this, having home security cameras is also going to protect everything and everyone inside of your home, so there really is no reason as to why you should not look at investing into the security cameras.

Prevent Thieves From Entering Your Home

For starters, having security cameras installed around the exterior of your home is going to prevent thieves from entering your home. They do not want to be caught on camera breaking into your house as it makes it that much more difficult for them to get away with a crime. They are going to commit a crime they know they can get away with, and the security cameras makes this much more difficult to do. Because thieves are less likely to select your home in order to rob it and to break it, the insurance provider is not going to need to pay out for you having valuables stolen and broken. All of this saves the insurance company potentially tens of thousands of dollars, if not more, so it returns the savings back onto you by cutting down the cost of home insurance (and also renters insurance). California home security with ADT can help.

Catch the Bad Guys

Now, in the off chance someone does decide to break in, either because they really saw something valuable they wanted or because they just did not see the security cameras around the home, it is easier to track them down. When the security cameras are property installed, it is possible to both see who broke in, what direction they went and even what vehicle that they drove away in. Because of this, it is easier to track down the missing goods and to prosecute the individuals. This way, you can receive money and retribution from the thieves, which also cuts down on how expensive the insurance is as the insurance provider does not need to pay as much for this kind of a service.

All in all, if you are looking at cutting down on your house insurance, one of the best ways to do this is go install a home security system, no matter what kind of home or where you live. California home security with ADT can help with this.