Ride Sober - A high percentage of
snowmobile fatalities and injuries are the direct result of
someone's irresponsible use of alcohol. Don't drink and
ride. Don't let anyone else in your group drink and ride.
Be Aware Of Conditions - Early season ice
conditions remain questionable. Snowfall can insulate thin
ice and slow the freezing process. Snow levels may vary on
the trails. Objects may be covered or barely hidden. Ride
Stay off roads and on trails - Early in
the season, it is tempting to ride on roadways. Don't do it.
It is illegal and it puts both snowmobilers and automobile
drivers in danger.
Ride At A Reasonable Speed - Speed limits
are determined by existing conditions. If you can't control
your sled safely at the speed you are going, you are going
too fast. You are not only threatening your safety, but the
safety of others around you. Slow down.
Use Hand Signals - The use of a simple
set of hand signals on the trails keeps traffic orderly and
predictable. These signals inform other sledders of your
actions. Know them and use them.
Ride Defensively - You can do everything
right, but still encounter a rider who is doing everything
wrong. By riding defensively, you will be prepared to
respond and avoid a dangerous situation.
Ride to the Right - Just like driving a
car. It is required by law that a snowmobiler operate to the
right of center on the trail when approaching or navigating
a curve, corner, grade or hill. Stay to the right, even on