Sledding during the winter season offers a chance for you, your friends and family to have fun and get the well-deserved exercise. However, we can’t forget that with activities like snow sledding, safety must always be taken into account. So, as you go out there braving the piles of snow to go snow sledding, below are some tips to ensure that you return home safe and sound:
- Get trained. Many may think that snow sledding is an easy task, and almost everyone can do it. Wrong. You will need to be trained by an expert in the art, someone who has been doing it for a while. They will teach you how to balance on the sled and how you are to steer the sled downhill.
- Pick The Right Sled. Every Snow Sled or Toboggan varies is shape, size and material. Make sure to do your research and find the sled that fits and you can handle.
- Wear the right gear. Safety first is the key to survival out there on the snow. You have to wear helmets among other safety gears. On top of that, you also have to dress well to fight the cold. You need to wear something that will completely protect you from the cold.
- Check weather forecast. Just because you can handle the outdoor temperature, it does not mean it is always safe to go sledding. Make sure to also consider the chilling factor of the wind and the snow and road conditions.
- Right terrain. Once you have made sure you are ready for the actual sledding; you need to choose the right terrain. This is one is fully covered in snow, with no dry patches. It should also not hard to navigate as you speed down the hill.
- Safety first, Be Cool later. Do not try to be cool out there on the snow. Some stunts might look like they will make you cool, but there is nothing cool about broken bones in the E.R. Do not attempt to sled headfirst downhill.