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3. Plan Ahead
Snowmobiling is a great way to explore, but it's not a sport that calls for improvisation. Decide where you're going and how long you'll be gone before heading out, and make sure to tell someone. That way, if your'e not back as planned, he or she will be aware that something has gone wrong, and a search party will know where to find you.
4. Green Your Ride
Snowmobiles have gotten a lot more eco-friendly in recent years, so make sure to choose one with limited noise levels and CO2 emissions. Always go for a 4-stroke over a 2-stroke engine; they pollute less and are quieter. Better yet, go electric.
5. Ride at a Safe Speed
Slower is safer. Remember that you're sharing the trail, not just with wildlife, but with skiers, hikers, snowshoers and others. It's also greener, since riding at high speed increases the emissions and noise levels of your snowmobile.
Maintaining a safe speed is especially crucial at night, when you run the risk of over riding your headlights. If your headlights illuminate 200 feet in front of you, make sure you can come to a full stop within that distance. Otherwise, you may see an approaching obstacle, but you won't be able to avoid crashing into it.