Snowmobiling is a great, outdoor winter sport that pumps more than $1 billion a year into Michigans economy and supports more than 7,000 direct jobs.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Snowmobiling is a great, outdoor winter sport that pumps more than $1 billion a year into Michigan’s economy and supports more than 7,000 direct jobs. Our state has a network of 6,200 miles of groomed trails and exciting terrain that provides unparalleled fun.
While this favorite winter pastime is a fantastic way to take in the state’s scenery, it’s important to keep safety in mind. Last season there were 22 tragic and preventable snowmobile related fatalities in Michigan.
Excess speed and alcohol were contributing factors. Keep in mind that any amount of alcohol impairs perception and slows reaction time. Always be sure to operate your machine at safe and reasonable speeds.
To help ensure your snowmobiling experience is fun and safe, here are a few tips to keep in mind from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources & Environment:
- Keep your machine in top mechanical condition.
- Wear insulated boots and clothing, including a helmet and gloves.
- Never ride alone.
- Avoid crossing frozen bodies of water.
- Be alert to avoid fences and low-strung wires.
- Never operate on a street or highway.
- Look for depressions in the snow.
- At an intersection, come to a complete stop, raise off the seat and look for traffic.
- Check the weather before you go.
- Leave your travel plan with someone.
For information to help you keep up-to-date on rules, regulations and more, visit: www.michigan.gov/dnr.
I hope you and your family enjoy a safe and fun snowmobiling season this winter.
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