Snowmobiling is a popular winter sport in the North Country. It can be fun but can also turn deadly if safety tips are not followed. Follow these basic safety tips before heading out on the snowmobile this winter: Pre-Ride Checklist:
- Check the throttle – it should freely return to the idle or closed position
- Fuel and battery
- Ski assemblies and rods
- General mechanical conditions
- Handlebars – they should turn both ways
- Weather forecast – make sure you are wearing the right clothes
- Brakes – they should operate freely and smoothly
- Emergency supplies:
- Spare spark plugs
- Small ax
- Spare drive/belt
- Waterproof matches
- Spare fuel
- Spare clothing
- Emergency rations
- First aid kit
Now Your Ready to Ride:
- Drive at a safe speed. Often times there will be a speed limit posted for snowmobiles.
- Consider the environment and your surroundings.
- Know your limits – especially in harsh weather conditions
- Know how to handle the machine. Know how it performs and how models differ.
- You must be 14 or older to operate a snowmobile on public lands or waters or across a public highway.
- Only snowmobile in safe, open areas. Avoid highways and busy roads.
- Don’t overload the machine with more than one driver. Overcrowding can cause safety hazards because of dangling arms and legs.
- Never EVER drink and operate a snowmobile!
- Never leave a snowmobile unattended. It may be a temptation to children.
- Practice! Practice riding a snowmobile on easy ground and open areas first! Be cautious and understand that a snowmobile can be very dangerous if it is not properly handled.
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