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Snowmobiling Safety
Snowmobiling is a popular winter activity which allows participants to experience winter's splendor in the great outdoors. But like all recreational activities, there can be inherent risks that require snowmobile riders to act responsibly by being prepared and making good choices. The American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) is committed to promoting safe snowmobiling practices that help enhance the personal safety of participants. Snowmobiling safety is also important since it influences equitable treatment of snowmobiling access and favorable policy decisions by government, agencies and landowners.

ACSA encourages you to review the following materials to help make your snowmobile outings enjoyable and safe. We want all of your trips to be round-trips, so always ride safe so you can ride again!
Safety Education Materials TOOL KIT Acknowledgement and Terms
This Tool Kit of snowmobile safety education materials was developed by the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) to further awareness of safe snowmobiling practices. Funding was providedU.S. Department of Transportation – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Logo by the Recreational Trails Program administered by the U.S. Department of Transportation – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to help develop materials available in this Tool Kit. A wide range of materials are provided in recognition of the varying local priorities across the Snowbelt. The Tool Kit features downloadable 8 1/2" x 11" posters that provide snowmobile clubs, associations and individuals a choice of materials to help address their local priorities and issues. Quarter- and half-page ads (for both newspaper and magazine format publications) that feature the poster series are also available by contacting the ACSA office. The poster and ad series address the following issues: (click on the title to view)
Special Instructions
  • Click to download Adobe Acrobat ReaderDownloads: Adobe Acrobat Reader software is required to view the PDF documents in this Tool Kit. Click on the corresponding link below each image to download the poster.
  • Poster Printing: For best results, the 8 1/2" x 11" posters should be printed on 65# or heavier white card stock. Check to ensure the printer is set to: 'letter' size, that Orientation is 'portrait' to match vertical poster design or 'landscape' to match horizontal poster design, and that the Page Scaling is set to 'Fit to Printable Area.' Also be aware that colors will be more vivid if the poster is printed directly from an electronic file versus making color copies of a poster.
Other education materials available to download include: (click on the title to view)
Alcohol Use
Many snowmobile crashes occur because of alcohol consumption. Alcohol use is also a leading cause of snowmobiling related fatalities. Alcohol and drugs negatively affect the body by affecting the driver's vision, equilibrium or balance and coordination, and reaction time. Help encourage snowmobile operators to make responsible choices by promoting that they refrain from consuming alcohol before and during all snowmobile outings.
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text 'Snowmobiling and Alcohol Don't Mix, Ride Sober'
'Snowmobiling and Alcohol Don't Mix, Ride Sober'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Have Fun on Your Run, But Don't Drink Till You're Done'
‘Have Fun on Your Run, But Don't Drink Till You're Done'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text 'Have Fun on Your Run, But Don't Drink Till You're Done'
'Have Fun on Your Run, But Don't Drink Till You're Done'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Drink Alcohol Before We Fly? Don't Be Stupid'
‘Drink Alcohol Before We Fly? Don't Be Stupid'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Drink Alcohol Before We Ride? Don't Be Stupid'
‘Drink Alcohol Before We Ride? Don't Be Stupid'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Drinking and Riding Puts Your Family at Risk. Don't Do It'
‘Drinking and Riding Puts Your Family at Risk. Don't Do It'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text 'Drinking and Riding Puts Your Family at Risk. Don't Do It'
'Drinking and Riding Puts Your Family at Risk. Don't Do It'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Have Fun on Your Run, But Don't Drink Till You're Done'
‘Have Fun on Your Run, But Don't Drink Till You're Done'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text 'Have Fun on Your Run, But Don't Drink Till You're Done'
'Have Fun on Your Run, But Don't Drink Till You're Done'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text 'Don't Become A Statistic. You Drink. You Ride. You Lose'
'Don't Become A Statistic. You Drink. You Ride. You Lose'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Don't Become A Statistic. You Drink. You Ride. You Lose'
‘Don't Become A Statistic. You Drink. You Ride. You Lose'
Speed and Careless Operation
Speed is another major factor in many snowmobile crashes. Help encourage snowmobile operators to always keep the speed of their snowmobiles slow enough to ensure they are in control and operating safely.
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Keep Right. Ride Single File. Anticipate On-Coming Traffic'
‘Keep Right. Ride Single File. Anticipate On-Coming Traffic'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Keep Right. Ride Single File. Anticipate On-Coming Traffic'
‘Keep Right. Ride Single File. Anticipate On-Coming Traffic'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Ride Safe, So You Can Ride Again'
‘Ride Safe, So You Can Ride Again'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Speed Blurs Your Vision. Slow Down. Stay In Control'
‘Speed Blurs Your Vision. Slow Down. Stay In Control'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Speed Blurs Your Vision. Slow Down. Stay In Control'
‘Speed Blurs Your Vision. Slow Down. Stay In Control'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Speed Hurts. Slow Down. Stay In Control'
‘Speed Hurts. Slow Down. Stay In Control'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Speed Hurts. Slow Down On Trails. Stay In Control'
‘Speed Hurts. Slow Down On Trails. Stay In Control'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Speed Kills. Slow Down. Come Back Alive'
‘Speed Kills. Slow Down. Come Back Alive'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Racing Is For the Track, Not the Trails'
‘Racing Is For the Track, Not the Trails'
Speed and Alcohol
When speed and alcohol use are combined, the results can be deadly. The following materials combine messages to help address these two top issues together; help encourage riders to beware of this deadly combination.
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Make Good Choices. Slow Down. Ride Sober'
‘Make Good Choices. Slow Down. Ride Sober'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Make Good Choices. Slow Down. Ride Sober'
‘Make Good Choices. Slow Down. Ride Sober'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Speed + Alcohol = All Jacked Up'
‘Speed + Alcohol = All Jacked Up'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Speed + Alcohol = All Jacked Up'
‘Speed + Alcohol = All Jacked Up'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Ride Focused. Stay Sober. Pay Attention'
‘Ride Focused. Stay Sober. Pay Attention'
Night Riding
Riding at night requires extra precautions. It is important to ride at slower speeds and to use caution to not override snowmobiles' headlights. Headlights generally illuminate the path about 200-feet in front of snowmobiles – so if you're driving faster than 45 to 50 mph you're likely starting to exceed the area illuminated by headlights before you can react and stop safely. Help encourage snowmobile operators to slow down at night and to be aware they can quickly override snowmobiles' headlights.
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Ride Over 45 MPH at Night. You're Likely Over Riding Your Lights'
‘Ride Over 45 MPH at Night. You're Likely Over Riding Your Lights'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Ride Over 45 MPH at Night. You're Likely Over Riding Your Lights'
‘Ride Over 45 MPH at Night. You're Likely Over Riding Your Lights'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Don't Over Ride Your Headlights. They Only Shine 200 Feet'
‘Don't Over Ride Your Headlights. They Only Shine 200 Feet'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Don't Over Ride Your Headlights. They Only Shine 200 Feet'
‘Don't Over Ride Your Headlights. They Only Shine 200 Feet'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Dangers Lurk In The Night. Slow Down. Pay Attention'
‘Dangers Lurk In The Night. Slow Down. Pay Attention'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Dangers Lurk In The Night. Slow Down. Pay Attention'
‘Dangers Lurk In The Night. Slow Down. Pay Attention'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Slow Down at Night. Expect the Unexpected'
‘Slow Down at Night. Expect the Unexpected'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Slow Down at Night. Expect the Unexpected'
‘Slow Down at Night. Expect the Unexpected'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Slow Down at Night. Beware of Fences'
‘Slow Down at Night. Beware of Fences'
Roadways
Many snowmobile trails are located alongside roadways and sometimes cross over them. Always be aware of vehicles on the roadway, drive defensively, and come to a complete stop at all posted stop signs, as well as at unmarked road crossings. Help educate snowmobile operators to the numerous hazards they may encounter when operating along roadways, particularly within the borrow ditch.
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Stay Off Closed Roads. Sleds and Vehicles Don't Mix. Obey Closures and Stay Safe.'
‘Stay Off Closed Roads. Sleds and Vehicles Don't Mix. Obey Closures and Stay Safe.'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Cross With Care. Stop. Stand Up. Look Both Ways.'
‘Cross With Care. Stop. Stand Up. Look Both Ways.'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Use Caution on Open Roads. Keep Right. Ride Single File. Reduce Speed.'
‘Use Caution on Open Roads. Keep Right. Ride Single File. Reduce Speed.'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Use Caution on Open Roads. Keep Right. Ride Single File. Reduce Speed.'
‘Use Caution on Open Roads. Keep Right. Ride Single File. Reduce Speed.'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Don't Become Road Kill. Stop. Look. Live.'
‘Don't Become Road Kill. Stop. Look. Live.'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Don't Become Road Kill. Stop. Look. Live.'
‘Don't Become Road Kill. Stop. Look. Live.'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Ride Safe in the Ditch. Watch for Culverts and Traffic.'
‘Ride Safe in the Ditch. Watch for Culverts and Traffic.'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Ride Safe in the Ditch. Keep Away From Fences.'
‘Ride Safe in the Ditch. Keep Away From Fences.'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Ride Safe in the Ditch. Beware of Guy Wires.'
‘Ride Safe in the Ditch. Beware of Guy Wires.'
Youth Riders
Youth are important to the future of snowmobiling, so it is important that extra precautions be taken to ensure they have safe outings that are also enjoyable so they develop a desire to continue snowmobiling as they get older. Help ensure youth operators receive proper training and that adults use appropriate precautions when riding with kids.
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Don't Use Kids as Airbags. Keep Them Safe-Put Them on the Back'
‘Don't Use Kids as Airbags. Keep Them Safe-Put Them on the Back'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Don't Use Kids as Airbags. Keep Them Safe-Put Them on the Back'
‘Don't Use Kids as Airbags. Keep Them Safe-Put Them on the Back'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Kids Need Helmets That Fit. Keep Them Safe. Make it Fun.'
‘Kids Need Helmets That Fit. Keep Them Safe. Make it Fun.'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Kids Need Helmets That Fit. Keep Them Safe. Make it Fun.'
‘Kids Need Helmets That Fit. Keep Them Safe. Make it Fun.'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Put Kids on Sleds That Fit. Smaller Engines and Sled Size. Must be Able to Steer and Control.'
‘Put Kids on Sleds That Fit. Smaller Engines and Sled Size. Must be Able to Steer and Control.'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Put Kids on Sleds That Fit. Smaller Engines and Sled Size. Must be Able to Steer and Control.'
‘Put Kids on Sleds That Fit. Smaller Engines and Sled Size. Must be Able to Steer and Control.'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Kids Need Sleds That Fit. If it's Too Big for Them to Control. Don't Put Them on it.'
‘Kids Need Sleds That Fit. If it's Too Big for Them to Control. Don't Put Them on it.'
Horizontal Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Slow Down When Riding With Kids. Keep Them Safe. Make it Fun.'
‘Slow Down When Riding With Kids. Keep Them Safe. Make it Fun.'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Slow Down With All Kids. Just Because Older Kids are Keeping up, Doesn't Mean They're Safe or Having Fun.'
‘Slow Down With All Kids. Just Because Older Kids are Keeping up, Doesn't Mean They're Safe or Having Fun.'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Slow Down When Riding With Kids. Keep Them Safe. Make it Fun.'
‘Slow Down When Riding With Kids. Keep Them Safe. Make it Fun.'
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Youth Operators Need Safety Training. Keep Them Safe. Get Them Trained.'
‘Youth Operators Need Safety Training. Keep Them Safe. Get Them Trained.'
Avalanche
Avalanches that involve people do not randomly occur. Over 90 percent of the time, the victims or someone in their group triggers the snow slide. This means that avalanches could generally be avoided if snowmobilers would learn to follow avalanche safety procedures. Help ensure that snowmobilers who ride in avalanche terrain learn simple things that can help save lives. (Note: there is currently only one sample image for this topic; others will be developed in the future)
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘One at a Time on the Slopes. Respect the Red Zone. It Could Save Your Life.'
‘One at a Time on the Slopes. Respect the Red Zone. It Could Save Your Life.'
Closed Areas
Respect for closed areas, regardless of whether they are private or public lands, is important since closed areas often contain hazardous conditions for snowmobile operators. Other areas may be closed due to sensitive landowner relations or due to special management prescriptions that benefit wintering wildlife or nonmotorized recreation. Help encourage snowmobile operators to respect closed areas, both for their personal safety and to help protect continued access to other riding areas. (Note: there is currently only one sample image for this topic; others will be developed in the future)
Vertical Poster of Snowmobilers and text ‘Respect Private Property. If You Trespass, We All Lose.'
‘Respect Private Property. If You Trespass, We All Lose.'
Safe Riders promotes safe snowmobilingSafe Rider Safety Awareness Program
Visit the online Safe Riders! Snowmobile Safety Awareness Program to learn about basic snowmobile safety. The program provides detailed information covering: how to prepare for your ride, general safety, proper riding apparel and techniques, general snowmobiling rules and laws, parts on your snowmobile, basic snowmobile maintenance, how to prepare for emergencies, and dangers you should avoid. There are also short quizzes at the end of each section to test your knowledge.
Avalanche Education for Snowmobilers Avalanche Education for Snowmobilers
Avalanches have injured or killed a growing number of snowmobilers over the past decade. Since most avalanche accidents can be avoided with simple education and preparation, click on the logo to learn more about avalanches, how to make informed decisions, and how to travel more safely when snowmobiling in avalanche terrain. Have fun on the slopes – but make sure you respect the terrain and make good decisions so that you, your family, and friends can return home safe and uninjured. View
Drivesafe posterDrive Safe Poster
The ACSA is funding a nation-wide program to elevate public awareness to the dangers of operating any motor-vehicle while intoxicated. Safety is always a priority to snowmobile associations across the U.S., whether riding a snowmobile or operating a car. We invite everyone to download and distribute these posters to help educate and spread the word.
Hand signals posterHand Signals Poster
Inadequate riding and trail facilities increase the risk of snowmobile safety-related incidents. 
Sledder's Pledge CardSledder's Pledge Card
Poster of a Snowmobiler's Code of EthicsCode of Ethics
Poster of a Snowmobiler's Do's & Don'tsSnowmobiler's Do's & Don'ts
Trail Grooming Awareness BrochureTrail Grooming Awareness Brochure