Alita Lapierre Snowmobile May 27th, 2018 - 14:32:22
Keep a space of at least 30 yards from other snowmobiles on the trail. Lastly at slower speeds dont be afraid to take a fall. (Tipping over a couple times is part of the experience). Rules of the road Just like regular driving in North America snowmobiling adheres to the same guidelines (with a few exceptions). Always keep to the right of the trails especially on turns. When stopping do not stop directly on the trail but veer off to the side. Never stop on turns or narrow parts of the trail if you can avoid it. Be courteous and give the right of way to oncoming groups of pedestrians skiers and other snowmobilers.
Before heading out be sure to check the brakes headlights and taillights emergency switch and idle on your snowmobile. Make sure it has enough fuel and battery power and check the machine over thoroughly before you begin your ride. Pack an emergency kit and bring the cell phone and GPS if you have one. Never ride alone. Riding with a friend is not only fun but if things go wrong its good snowmobile safety to have another machine and driver around to help. Being injured and alone is a dangerous situation. Make sure your friends are also driving sober.
If you participate in the sort of snowmobiling you probably know that you need to take safety precautions like driving sober watching for other snow sport enthusiast watching for cars when you cross roads and wearing reflective gear and a helmet. And if you participate in another winter sport such as skiing or snowshoeing you need to be aware of snowmobilers in your proximity and wear reflective gear so that they can yield to you. But sometimes no matter how careful you are accidents do occur-often because of other negligent snowmobilers but sometimes too because of a default in the construction of your snowmobile or because of negligence on part of the land owner.
With over 20000 groomed snowmobile trails a favorite pastime for thousands of Minnesotans is snowmobiling. Keep in mind however that a snowmobile is only as safe as its driver. Before you jump on your sled and hit the trails give yourself a little refresher in snowmobile safety. Minnesota is a "Zero Alcohol" state. Never use alcohol or drugs before or while riding a snowmobile. Safety perception is altered after only one drink. Since over 70% of all fatal snowmobile accidents involve alcohol* staying sober can help you and others stay alive to enjoy another ride.