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I. Getting ready to drive a snowmobile
Make sure your snowmobile is in good condition

Before every trip, check your snowmobile to make sure it is in good working order. Your life may depend upon it. Do the following:

  • Check the steering mechanism. Turn the handlebars back and forth to make sure the turning is smooth and unrestricted.
  • Check the condition and tension of the motor drive belt. Change it if necessary or if you are in doubt about its reliability.
  • Check the emergency switch, headlights and tail lights.
  • Check the battery solution level.
  • Check the throttle and brake levers. Make sure they move freely.
  • Check the spark plugs and the tank’s fuel level. Do not use matches or a lighter when doing this, and never add fuel when the motor is running.

When towing a toboggan, sled or any other kind of vehicle behind a snowmobile, be sure to use a rigid tow bar and a safety chain. For safety, towed vehicles must have reflective material on the front sides, rear sides and rear to make them more visible. Towing is generally not allowed on public roads except to cross the road at a 90-degree angle. This does not apply to a snowmobile being used to free a stuck vehicle, for any emergency rescue or for trail maintenance.

Before you drive anywhere, read the owner’s manual carefully and keep it in your snowmobile at all times.

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