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The Snowmobile Survival Kit: What to do if You Break Down

What to do if You Break Down

Snowmobiling is a favorite winter pastime for countless people, but a breakdown at an inopportune moment can leave you stranded out in the cold. Even with proper snowmobile maintenance, it’s still possible to break down, end up with a dead snowmobile battery or run out of fuel. Before you take your snowmobile out this winter, be sure to review the snowmobile safety tips below for how to deal with a breakdown.   Stay With Your Snowmobile If you experience a breakdown, the first thing to remember is to stay calm. You may be tempted to start walking back to the trailhead (or your home, cabin, etc., depending on where you are snowmobiling), but before you take a step take a moment to think. If you don’t know for sure that the trailhead or other destination is within an hour’s walking

Power Wheelchair Safety Tips for Winter

Wheelchair Safety Tips

  More people than ever before are trading in their manual wheelchair for an electric power model, and it’s no surprise why: Not only are power wheelchairs easy to operate, but they also provide more mobility, freedom and independence than manual wheelchairs. However, as the weather gets colder and snow and ice begin to blanket the sidewalks and roads, power wheelchair safety becomes more important than ever. Before you or your loved ones head out in a power wheelchair this winter, be sure to review the power wheelchair safety guidelines below:   Be especially cautious when using your power wheelchair on ramps and slopes. Avoid steep inclines or declines (10%—20% gradient) unless they are completely dry and free from debris.   When climbing a slope, start out slowly and accelerate cautiously. When traveling down a slope, choose a low speed and stop

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