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20 Snowmobile VERMONT Magazine We all have our own definition of what safety is and how it applies to every situation. But with snowmobiling it takes on a meaning of its own. We have laws that have been passed and are enforced. Why Because like a car snowmobiles need to have their own set of rules laws and guidelines. To be a safe rider you should start by taking a safety course. The course is required for persons born after July 1 1983 who are 12 years of age or older and who plan to operate a snowmobile on Vermonts Statewide Snowmobile Trail System SSTP. Successful completion of this course will entitle you to a safety certificate that you are required by law to carry with you when operating on Vermonts trails. This is the first step to safety when snowmobiling. If you have not taken your safety course and need to please visit the VAST website at for a course listing. These courses are usually free and are taught by volunteers from local clubs Most require that you register in advance. Now that you have registered for your safety class mark your calendars for Jan. 16-24 for International Snowmobile Safety Week. VAST is looking to work Sharing The Love Riding Safety by armin emery Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during snowmobiling. Become familiar with the snowmobile you ride. Operate at safe and reasonable speeds. Stay on trails and areas where snowmobiling is permitted. Avoid travel on frozen bodies of water. Use extra caution at night. Keep your snowmobile properly maintained. Become familiar with the terrain. Listen to the weather forecast. Always wear a helmet and proper clothing. Never ride alone and let someone know your itinerary. Carry emergency supplies and learn survival skills. Never consume alcohol or drugs Become familiar with the terrain. ABOVE Snowmobilers properly signaling how manySleds Following Photo courtesy of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association