With the increased amounts of snowfall happening in Connecticut this winter, it’s perfect timing for those who enjoy off road vehicles to pull out their toys and enjoy some riding around in the snow. But there are important safety precautions and important laws to be aware of regarding the use of these vehicles in the state.
If you are excited to head out and enjoy the snow this year, snowmobiling trails are available at the following State Forests: American Legion in Barkhamsted, Cockaponset in Chester & Haddam, Housatonic in Sharon, Mohawk in Cornwall, Natchaug in Eastford, Naugatuck in Beacon Falls, Nipmuck in Union, Pachaug in Voluntown, Peoples in Barkhamsted, Pootatuck in New Fairfield, and Shenipsit in Stafford.
Before you head out, check out these tips for staying safe.
Wear Your Helmet
Head injuries are a leading cause of death in snowmobiling. Most of these instances can be prevented by using a helmet to protect your head in case of a crash or roll over. Helmets fit properly and snugly with a chin strap should be worn at all times to assure protection.
Stay in Designated Areas
Plunging through ice is very possible when layers of snow cover what’s underneath. Drowning is very common in snowmobiling so be sure to check for appropriate trails and stay on those areas. Avoid getting lost or ending up on ice that could crack. In Connecticut, snowmobiles are not allowed on state highways. Do not attempt to ride on the highway as you’ll be putting yourself and other motor vehicle operators on the road at risk.
Follow the Rules
Being responsible when operating a snowmobile involves following the rules for safe snowmobile operation as well as those put in place by state and local authorities. They are there for your protection. Become familiar with proper crossing, hand signals, and the areas that you are prohibited from riding.
Also, do not consume alcohol when operating a snowmobile. You’ll need full attention when riding since there’s more to operating – such as vision impairments from by sun glare, wind and even dangerously cold temperatures to factor in.
If you own an off road vehicle make sure you are protected.
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