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Snowmobile Safety

Matthew E. Steinbrink - SiebenCarey "Know Your Rights" AttorneyFebruary 15, 2016

Minnesota is a great state for snowmobile riding.  Whether you’re off for a long trail ride, or cruising out to the ice fishing shack, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Minnesota’s snowmobile season. 
 
There are also a number of safe riding tips that will help you arrive at your destination safe and sound.   
• Let weather, lighting, and trail conditions determine a safe speed.
• Ride straight—no alcohol or drugs.
• Stay to the right on trails and use your headlight and taillight.
• Maintain adequate spacing between machines to avoid collision.
• Reduce your speed when riding at night to less than 40 MPH. Studies have shown speed over 40 MPH results in over-driving your headlights.
• Always yield to other motor vehicles.
• Stay clear of thin ice and lake inlets — never cross open water.
• Never ride alone—use the buddy system.
• Stay on groomed area of trails.
 
According to stats maintained by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, between 2013 and 2014 there were 15 fatal snowmobile accidents in Minnesota.  An alarming number of those fatal crashes involved alcohol use by the operator.  
 
Don’t become a statistic of a ride gone wrong this snowmobile season.  Ride safe and arrive alive.

 
 
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