Riding at Night

Drive Slowly

  • 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.

Stopping Distance

  • 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.