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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 20, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- It's that time of year again, when the days get shorter and nights get colder. Snow could fall anytime in many parts of the country, leaving nicely powdered trails for snowmobile enthusiasts to enjoy. Foremost Insurance Group, one of the nation's leading insurers of snowmobiles, wants all winter sports enthusiasts to enjoy the season in a safe manner and is offering a list of important safety tips to help keep riders safe this season.
"Many snowmobile accidents are a result of a lack of safety knowledge, which is why we like to remind everyone to use caution and common sense," says Kevin Henry, senior product manager for Foremost. "Snowmobiling is a great winter activity and Foremost wants your adventures to be both fun and safe."
Foremost offers their top ten tips to help riders stay safe while enjoying the powdery trails:
• Be aware of the conditions and slow down at night.
Check out the weather forecast prior to riding. Slow down at night, especially around frozen water and in the mountains.
• Be smart.
Use the proper signals to identify your intentions to other drivers around you. Keep your speed in line with the conditions and with your level of experience.
• Be prepared.
Always bring a first-aid kit and survival items such as a flashlight, knife, compass, flares, and a fire starting kit.
• Don't drink and drive.
There is a misconception that alcohol will keep you warm. In reality, it increases your risk of hypothermia and also slows your reaction time and decreases your ability to make good decisions.
• Don't ride solo.
Snowmobiling is more fun when you can enjoy the adventure with friends and family. If you decide to ride alone, be sure to tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
• Dress properly.
Wear protective gear such as a safety-certified helmet, warm gloves, a windproof outer layer and boots.
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Source: Foremost Insurance Group