SAFE SNOWMOBILING TIPS
Remember, it's you, the safe rider, that makes snowmobiling safe. Many problems can be avoided by using common sense. Minor problems can be overcome by carrying a useful tool kit, spare parts, flashlight, first-aid kit, and a few survival items such as high-energy food, fire-starting equipment and a compass. Always let someone know where you are going.
Take it easy
Today's snowmobile is a mechanical marvel. It provides inspiring performance, reliability and pleasing aesthetics, combined with essential safety components. Safe riders ride within the limits of their machine and their abilities. Remember, speed is not the measure of snowmobiling fun. You should always ride at a speed in which you can safely stop. Slow down and enjoy the scenery and the experience. Ease up on the throttle - especially when near other machines, people, trees, animals and other objects. It's good sense.
Take a friend
Don't snowmobile alone. Not only is snowmobiling more fun with family and friends, it's safe too.
Don't drink and drive
Alcohol and snowmobiling simply do not mix. Forget that myth that alcohol warms up a chilled person. It opens the blood vessels and removes the feeling of being cold, but it does nothing to increase body heat. Instead, it can increase the risk of hypothermia, a dangerous lowering of the body's core temperature.
Section 25.24 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law provides for stiff penalties in relation to driving while intoxicated or impaired by drugs while operating a snowmobile.
Take a safety course
Any snowmobile operator under the age of eighteen must take a Young Snowmobile Safety Course. An adult "Safe Rider" course is now available. For information on the course nearest you, call(518)474-0446. Take a snowmobile safety course, and REMEMBER: WEAR AN APPROVED SAFETY HELMET!