The Handbook of Montana Snowmobile Regulations
The Official Snowmobiling Handbook of the Montana State Parks - Web Version
Table of Contents
Riding at Night
- Accidents 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.
- To avoid a collision, travel slower than 30 mph. The stopping distance at this speed is about 220 feet.
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.
- Be careful in freezing rain because your face shield may freeze over.