Kristie Thone - Region 5
Snowmobile Safety Tips: A snowmobile is only as safe as the driver. The key to safe operation is knowing the machine, good judgment and courtesy.
• Wear a helmet that is certified for snowmobiling and wear eye protection.
• Dress in layers with a water repellent outer layer – no cotton socks.
• Your snowmobile’s safety features should be kept in good working order. Do not modify your machine. Make sure that the throttle, brake, steering and light systems all function properly and read the owner’s manual.
• Take a training course. Snowmobiles are not toys. Make sure your children take a training course. Children must be 12 and have taken a safety course to ride a snowmobile in North Dakota.
• Check the weather before you start and know your route.
• Always carry the minimum safety equipment: a tool kit, a knife, spark plugs, drive belt, first aid kit, rope, waterproof matches, a flashlight and an extra ignition key. Add more items to this list for long or night snowmobile trips. Maps are available at stops along the trail.
• Know your limits and the limits of your machine and stay safe in those limits.
• Stop before crossing any road and make sure nothing is coming down the road.
• Stay off public roads. Stay on the Trail. Respect Private Property. (You wouldn’t want people on your land, don’t trespass on theirs.)
• Don’t drink alcohol or take drugs before or while driving.
• Do not speed. Speed is the biggest factor in almost all fatal snowmobile accidents.
• Ride in a group and always let someone know where you are going. Have a safe Snowmobile Season.