Sledding is thrilling and a comfortable alternative for anyone who is not yet comfortable with skiing. It is one snow sport that almost everyone in the family can be involved in. But while sledding is fairly easy, it is not without risks. Every year, more than 50.000 people are injured in the U.S. alone as a result of sledding. You do not have to be another statistic – adhere to these safety tips and you will significantly lower the probability of your vacation becoming a pain in more ways than one.
- Cheap is no alternative to safety – If you are short of cash, scrounging through your garage and using some of your discarded junk to make an improvised sled may sound both prudent and efficient. But would you want to avoid the cost of buying a sled only to spend more on treatment for injuries sustained from a sled accident?
- Always apply the brake when you are at the hill top before the descent. Remember, far harder to regain control than to maintain control. There is no harm in putting both feet on the sled’s brakes.
- Children should never go sledding without the supervision of an adult. This is irrespective of age and sledding experience.
- Wear a helmet. Bicycle, hockey or ski helmets will do.
- Unless you are at expert-level, sled in areas that are relatively free of trees, exposed rocks, debris, gaping holes, sudden drops and anything that could be an impediment to a comfortable ride.
- Speaking of obstacles, doesn’t a snow covered road or driveway sound like the ideal place for sledding? Well, not quite. Looks can be deceptive. Roads may hide many potential hazards including the ditches on either side, telephone poles, mailboxes and of course, cars.
- Ride while forward facing. Do not lie on your belly and/ or head first