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Snowmobilers riding in the night
  • 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.

Night Riding

  • 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.
When Night Riding, Slow Down—ISMA
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