Maine Snowmobile Association safe snowmobiling tips

Posted Dec. 29, 2012, at 3:46 p.m.

STAY ON MARKED TRAILS. Respect the property of the thousands of landowners that allow trails on their property. Riding off-trail can lead to crashes with hazards buried under the snow.

NEVER DRINK AND RIDE. Many snowmobile accidents involve alcohol. The Maine Warden Service will be on the trails all season to strictly enforce Maine’s tough OUI law. Offenders pose a risk to all riders, and if caught will face large fines and jail time.

ALWAYS OPERATE YOUR SLED AT A SAFE AND REASONABLE SPEED. Operating at a safe and reasonable speed means being in control of your machine at all times. If you have any doubt, slow down.

ALWAYS RIDE TO THE RIGHT. Stay on the right side of the trail at all times. Remember to always pull well off the side of the trail when you stop.

APPROACH EVERY HILL, CORNER, AND INTERSECTION WITH CAUTION. Ride your sled as if another will be coming toward you on your side of the trail. On Maine’s busy trail system, you must keep an eye out for other riders.

WITH ICE CONDITIONS, IF YOU DON’T KNOW, DON’T GO. Check conditions with locals. Area chambers of commerce or snowmobile clubs are excellent sources — they know conditions firsthand.

For more information about safe snowmobiling, contact the Maine Snowmobile Association at 207-622-6983 or email msa@mesnow.com.

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