Stranded Snomobilers Know the Value of an Extra Set of Spark Plugs

Don't be this guy. Before you hit the slopes, pack a snowmobiling emergency kit (including extra spark plugs), buddy up with a fellow sledder and call your mom.

Snowmobiling is in full swing right now, and sheriff’s deputies and rescue workers are reminding riders to take along emergency supplies – including an extra set of snowmobile spark plugs.

Just this week, sheriff’s deputies and rescue workers in Oneida, NY were dispatched to help a stranded snowmobiler who ran his Ski Doo across a swamp area just off the main snowmobiling trail. Not a smart idea, for sure. When his sled started to break through ice covering the swamp, the driver accelerated, hoping it would help keep him on the surface. No such luck. The sled hit a patch of cattails and deep water and promptly sank.

Fortunately, the driver (whose name we won’t mention so as to spare the guy a little humiliation) was able to keep his head and his cell phone above water long enough to call 911. By the time a crew from the local fire department showed up in their ATR, the unlucky snowmobiler had climbed his way out of the chest-deep swamp water to higher ground. He ended up in the hospital – no word on whether his snowmobile made it out of the swamp.

What’s the moral of this story? Any avid snowmobiler will tell you that an emergency pack and a little common sense are critical on the slopes. Stay on marked trails, bring a buddy and let your friends and family know where you’ll be riding and what time they can expect you back home. Make sure your supply pack includes:

  • A change of clothes
  • A flashlight and batteries
  • A Tow strap
  • Matches
  • A cell phone
  • A GPS unit
  • A compact reflective emergency blanket in case your GPS unit and cell phone fail
  • An extra set of spark plugs

E3 snowmobile spark plugs are ideal for snowmobiles. They offer a stronger, cleaner burn that affords your engine more power and won’t muck up the environment. Cruise our online catalog to find the right spark plugs for your snowmobile, or find an authorized E3 power sports spark plugs dealer near you.