Snowmobiliers need more than just an abundance of snow.

Experts urge outdoor enthusiasts to practice common sense, as they take their machines out for a ride. Snowmobile/ATV administrator with the DNR Gary Eddy says three common factors come into play every year when looking at safety statistics.

Eddy says it’s a recurring message from the DNR — warning snowmobiliers to avoid alcohol, drive the speed limit, and don’t over-drive your headlights. Otherwise, he says, you’re setting yourself up for failure.

AUDIO: New drivers are required to take a snowmobile safety course, much like the requirements for driving automobiles. :22

It’s important to plan ahead. Despite recent snowfall, Travel says many counties in the southern two-thirds of the state do not have their snowmobile trails open yet.

Snowmobile trail information can be found through county foresters, park and recreation officials, local snowmobile clubs, local chambers of commerce and on the Snow Conditions Report on the Department of Tourism web site:

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