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  • Wear proper clothing for warmth and protection. Be sure it is reflective for night riding.
  • Wear a snug-fitting helmet that is DOT or SNELL-approved, along with a face shield or goggles.
  • Check the weather forecast and plan your ride accordingly. Remember that bad weather slows travel.
  • Bring a map of your route.
  • Ask locally about ice conditions if your route includes any ice crossings.
  • Bring a flashlight, tow rope, spare belt, and spark plugs along--and a cellular phone if you have one.
  • Check belts, treads, lights, and fluid levels before you riede. Test your throttle and brakes.
  • Drink responsibly--alcohol increases fatigue, impairs judgement, and slows reaction time.
  • Stop at all road and railroad crossings. Always cross at a 90-degree angle.
  • Don't tailgate. Leave sufficient distance for braking between your machine and the one in front.
  • Stay to the right on the trail. Obey all regulations and speed limits.
  • Keep your feet on your machine at all times during operation.
  • Use hand signals.
  • Respect private and No Trespassing signs.
  • Do not operate snowmobiles on highways. Stay 10 feet off traveled portion.

In an effort to prevent snowmobile acciedents and improve the quality of recreational riding, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) offers an 8-hour course of snowmobile instruction. The course includes 2-hours of actual operation and is offered at locations in nearly every community in the state. Anyone 11 years of age or older is encouraged to take the course. A nominal fee covers workbooks, training aids, and administrative costs.

Persons between the ages of 12 and 16 who successfully complete the snowmobile safety course and receive a certificate will be eligible to operate a snowmobile without being accompanied by a person over 18.

For the names of instructors in your area, contact your conservation warden or write:

Snowmobile Safety
Department of Natural Resources
Box 7201
Madison, WI 53707