Kristie Thone - Re­gion 5

Sno-Dak News - - Region Reports -

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.

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