Be sure to become familiar with the snowmobile safety code and the snowmobiler's code of ethics to ensure a safe and enjoyable excursion.
You might also like to view the Snowmobile Safety Signs or Search and Rescue FAQ.
Basic Snowmobile Safety Includes:
Be sure your snowmobile is in top-notch mechanical condition at the beginning of the winter and throughout the season.
Read the snowmobile manual to familiarize yourself with the snowmobile you are driving.
Wear sensible, protective clothing designed for snowmobiling.
Use a full-size helmet, goggles or face shield to prevent injuries from twigs, stones, ice chips and flying debris.
Do not wear long scarves. They can get caught in the moving parts of the snowmobile.
Know the terrain you are going to ride. If it is unfamiliar to you ask someone who has traveled over it before. Don't travel on unfamiliar ground at night.
Know the weather forecast and the ice and snow conditions in the area.
Always use the buddy system. Never ride alone.
Do not pursue domestic or wild animals. If you see a violation of this rule, report it to the nearest law enforcement officer.
Have a proper lighting system on the snowmobile.
Snowmobile headlights are adequate for reduced speeds only, don't overdrive the machine's headlights and make sure your taillights are free of snow.
Drowning is one cause of snowmobile fatalities.
Be familiar with the thickness of the ice and water currents.
Don't remove the factory-installed air box or muffler to install a noisier one. This will lessen the performance of your vehicle.
Carry a flashlight or flare for emergency signaling.
Never blaze a new trail at night.
Use caution when riding in freezing rain because your goggles may freeze over.