New York State Snowmobile Association Provides Safety Tips

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Blizzards continue to pummel the country, dropping fresh snow from north to south and east to west.  Many snowmobile enthusiasts might use the heavy snowfall as an opportunity to go for a ride, especially if the snowy conditions continue as children get out of school for spring break.  If you ever go snowmobiling, then it’s imperative that you consider some safety tips from the New York State Snowmobile Association.

First, anyone intent on taking to the back of a snowmobile should stick to trails designed for that purpose.  Leaving the trail is a surefire way to place yourself in danger.  You should similarly obey any laws in place in your area, and respect the rights of others who are out on the trails for the same purpose.

You yourself should be fit to ride a snowmobile.  Alcohol should never be a part of the equation, nor should anything else that could impair your ability to safely ride.  You also want to limit your speed and stay toward the right in case anyone wants to pass you or is coming in the other direction.  If signs stipulate any specific rules, heed the warnings contained therein in order to further maintain safety.

Don’t go out alone.  Always take someone with you when you engaging in snowmobiling, and be particularly careful if you suspect that conditions are going to worsen.