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Nothing can protect you completely; but knowing what to wear can reduce the chance of injury, as well as make your ride more comfortable.

DOT approved helmet

Benefits of Helmets

  • Snowmobile helmets are designed to protect your head and face in collisions or falls, from tree branches while riding, from the cold, and from loud noise.
  • Unlike motorcycle helmets, vents that you can open or close prevent fogging.
  • Snowmobile face shields have a double lens to resist fogging. Some face shields have built-in defrosters that plug into an outlet on the snowmobile.

Helmet Selection

  • Make sure your helmet fits snugly, fastens securely, and doesn’t move or feel loose. Try on helmets over riding headgear.
  • Replace your helmet every five years. Made of fiberglass or plastic, helmets become brittle over time.
  • Place a strip of reflective tape on your helmet for extra visibility after dark.
  • Don’t paint your helmet. Solvents in the paint can weaken the shell.
  • Select a helmet with a safety-approval label from the Department of Transportation (DOT).