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Page 2 of 6Operating at Night or in Low-Light Conditions
Operating at Night or in Low-Light Conditions
Slow down and watch for others at night or in low-light conditions.
Be cautious on overcast days.
Establish a point of reference when riding on large, open fields after dark. Estimating distances and directions may be difficult.
Accidents that occur at night usually involve snowmobiles running into stationary objects, such as trees, that come into view unexpectedly.
Drive slowly so that you have time to recognize danger and react.
Never “overdrive your headlight.” Make sure you can stop within the length of your headlight beam. A snowmobile high beam is effective for about 200 feet (60.96 meters). To avoid a collision, travel slower than 30 mph (48.3 km/h). The stopping distance at this speed is about 220 feet (67.06 meters).
Always take these safety precautions.
Make sure your lights work properly, are clean, and are free of snow.
Don't travel in unfamiliar areas.
Stay on established trails. Don't blaze a new trail in the dark.
Always carry a flare or flashlight for emergency signaling.
Always ride in a group of two or more—never alone.
If you stop, pull off the trail so that you won't be a hazard to others.
Be careful when riding in freezing rain because your face shield may freeze over.