Recent snowfall will likely bring out more Minnesota snowmobilers and that means there’s an increased chance of an accident, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The usual causes of snowmobile accidents are operator inexperience, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and high speeds.
The speed limit for all snowmobile trails, public lands/waters is 50 miles per hour. Going too fast can also cause snowmobile drivers to “overdrive” their headlight.
Snowmobilers also need to be alert on all trails. They might not realize trails cross lakes where ice might not be formed yet.
Many accidents also happen when snowmobiles collide with fixed objects. Often these objects are partially or completely hidden by snow. Snowmobilers sometimes hit one of these before they see it.
Minnesota residents born after Dec. 31, 1976, must complete a DNR snowmobile safety training course before they can legally ride a snowmobile anywhere in Minnesota, including private land.