Snowmobilers reminded to ride safely

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation reminds snowmobilers to ride responsibly and exercise caution as they use the state’s 10,500 miles of trails, and the office offers these guidelines.

Everyone operating a snowmobile should be familiar with safe riding practices and all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. The best way to learn is by taking a snowmobile safety course. To find a course, go to A safety certificate is required for youth between ages 10 and 18.

Before heading out, riders are reminded to check trail conditions with local snowmobile clubs. To find a club, visit the New York State Snowmobile Association website at Joining a snowmobile club helps support snowmobiling in New York State. Club members receive a discounted registration fee, and help support the clubs and volunteers who make up the backbone of the New York State snowmobile trail system.

Top safety recommendations include:

— Check over your snowmobile; make sure it is in good working order and carry emergency supplies;

— Always wear a helmet and make sure you wear proper snowmobile gear including bibs, jackets, boots, and gloves;

— Always ride with at least one other person;

— Ride responsibly. Ride within your ability, ride to the right and operate at a safe and prudent speed at all times. Respect landowners, obey posted signs, and stay on the marked trail;

— Frozen bodies of water are not designated trails; if you plan to ride on ice, proceed with caution and be aware of potential hazards under the snow; and

— Never drink alcohol or use drugs and ride.
For more information on snowmobiling in New York, visit

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