While snowmobiling this winter, keep ice picks handy. They may well save your life when travelling on ice.
Snowmobiling is a great pastime and a way to get outdoors in the winter, it is also a great tool for getting to prime hunting spots or hauling gear to an ice fishing location, but you must always keep the conditions in mind your personal safety.
Watch this short video on snowmobile safety while travelling on ice. Every year people die when their snowmobiles fall through the ice; this quick tip may save your life if caught in this dire situation.
Nothing can replace caution and knowing ice conditions before heading out, however even in the deepest freeze there is always some risk when driving snowmobiles over frozen lakes.
Years ago when travelling in the north, we would carry a crude spike tied around our wrist to self-extract if we went through the ice. Now they have purpose-built ice picks that will allow you to get traction and kick your way out of the water, a small investment to save your or a friend's life.