Positioning Yourself for Safer Riding

One of the skills required for snowmobiling is learning to position your body properly as you maneuver through various types of terrain. Mastering the basic riding positions is the key to safe snowmobiling.

Sitting

Provides the lowest center of gravity for maximum stability and safety. This is the only position recommended for carrying passengers if the snowmobile is designed for that purpose. Keep your feet firmly on the running boards and in the foot wells.

Sitting Position

Figure 1: Sitting position

Kneeling

Lets you lean uphill or shift your body weight easily. It’s a good position for crossing a road or moving around congested areas. While riding at low speeds, you can avoid fatigue by switching occasionally from sitting to kneeling. Novice riders should practice kneeling.

Kneeling Position

Figure 2: Kneeling position

Standing

Gives you maximum visibility. In areas containing obstructions, this position can help you look over an obstacle to see if another is behind it. At road crossings, this position provides the longest line of sight. Standing allows you to shift your weight quickly in any direction and change riding positions rapidly.

Standing Position

Figure 3: Standing position

Posting:

Uses your feet and legs to absorb any shocks, which helps avoid uncomfortable bumps. This crouching position also is useful when climbing steep hills, crossing creeks and streams, and encountering other difficult situa- tions. Since this is the most tiring position, use posting only when necessary and for short periods.

Posting Position

Figure 4: Posting position