Snowmobiling is a fun family activity, and can be an exhilarating winter sport. Snowmobiling is increasing in popularity nationwide; nearly 50,000 new snowmobiles were registered in the US in 2012 alone. The average cost of a new snowmobile tops $11,000, so it is important that your investment is protected with snowmobile insurance in the event of an accident.
You can learn more about your options for snowmobile insurance by speaking with an independent agent in the Trusted Choice® network today. Independent agents work with several different insurance companies and can help you find a snowmobile policy that meets your individual coverage and budgetary needs. With more than 27,000 member agency locations nationwide, it is easy to find a Trusted Choice member agent in your neighborhood.
As you begin to think about purchasing snowmobile insurance coverage, checking out some statistics about snowmobile use in the U.S. might help you think about your needs and risks. Here are a few items for you to consider:
There are many sleds on the trails today, which may raise your risk of accidents when you’re on a fun outing in the snow with your family or friends.
Twenty-three states, including Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Wisconsin, currently require operators of snowmobiles to carry insurance. Maine may soon be requiring snowmobilers to carry insurance, and more states could follow suit.
Even if your state does not have insurance requirements, it is a very good idea to purchase a policy. Besides protecting your investment, you can also protect your financial well-being in the event that you are at fault in an accident that harms one of your passengers, another snowmobiler or their property, or even a hiker along the trail.
If you travel across state borders with your sled, having snowmobile coverage will enable you to take your machine to states that do require snowmobile insurance.
There are several factors that can affect the cost of a snowmobile insurance policy, but even the most comprehensive policies tend to be fairly inexpensive. On average, snowmobile owners pay only about $10 a month for their snowmobile insurance. This is a small price to pay for the peace-of-mind you will have knowing that your investment and finances are protected when you cruise the trails.
A snowmobile insurance can cover several things, and may include coverage for bodily injury and property damage liability. You may be liable for injuries or property damage for third parties, including passengers or other snowmobiles, if you cause an accident. You may also be able to find coverage for collision and "other than collision" damages to your sled, including damage from severe weather or fire.
Many policies allow you to insure up to four or five operators for your sled and some will allow you to insure multiple snowmobiles on one policy. You can also often get insurance discounts when you combine your currently held policies with snowmobile insurance.
You may be able to purchase several different kinds of insurance for your snowmobile, including, but not limited to, the following:
The most important thing to remember when taking your sled out for a ride is to follow safety protocols. Exercising caution goes a long way toward preventing accidents and injuries.
Many states offer snowmobile safety courses online. You may even be able to get a snowmobile insurance discount for getting certification in one of these courses. Some other important safety guidelines to follow include the following:
For more information about snowmobile insurance, contact a local independent agent in the Trusted Choice network. Independent agents will be familiar with the insurance requirements in your state and will know what specific snowmobile insurance is available to you.
Your agent can help you find a competitively priced policy that meets all of your coverage requirements, and will advocate for you if you need to file a snowmobile insurance claim. Find an agent today to learn more and to receive an obligation-free quote for snowmobile insurance in your state.