About halfway through the snowmobile season, and accidents have seemed to have spiked.

"Folks are having a good time and sometimes there's a kind of disconnect, and you tend to forget things when you're having fun. But it's important to stay conscious of your surroundings and what's going on," says Bob Meyers of the Maine Snowmobile Association.

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Director Meyers recommends these tips before hitting the trails: 

  • Newbies and experts alike—don't go it alone, and take things at your own pace. 
  • Stay within your abilities, and stay within your comfort range. If you're not comfortable, slow down.
  • Have emergency supplies with you, in case there's an issue.
  • You'll want to leave an itinerary card, maybe on the dashboard of your car or truck, just letting people know where you're going and when you plan on being back. That way if something does happen, the Wardens have a starting point and can go look for you.
  • Stick to the trails. The clubs have been through them, they have landowner permission, they've signed them, they've been grooming them, and have removed the hazards that would be out there.