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February 09, 2018
AAA MICHIGAN ISSUES STATEWIDE SNOWMOBILING SAFETY ALERT
SNOWMOBILING SAFETY ALERT
AAA – The Auto Club Group
Susan Hiltz, Michigan Public Affairs Director
C: 586.940.0278  slhiltz@aaamichigan.com

Steady Snowfall Calls for Extra Caution
 
Dearborn, Michigan (February 9, 2018) —  AAA Michigan is sending out a statewide SNOWMOBILING SAFETY ALERT urging snowmobilers to use extra care when hitting the trails this weekend and throughout the remaining season. This week’s steady snowfall coupled with colder temperatures has provided ideal conditions for snowmobiling  across much of northern Michigan.
 
“It’s been a more traditionally snowy winter in Michigan this year. The recent snowfall provides perfect conditions for enjoying outdoor activities, but it’s important to keep safety in mind,” said Susan Hiltz, Michigan public affairs director. “AAA urges snowmobilers to remember the rules of the road this winter. By exercising more caution, crashes and fatalities can be prevented on the roads and trails of our great state’s winter wonderland.”
 
AAA Michigan offers these Top Ten Tips for Safe Snowmobiling:
 
  1. Watch the weather and check trail conditions before riding
    1. Don't ride in adverse weather conditions. Plan your trip and check the trails you'll be riding prior to departure.
  2. Dress for safety and survival
    1. Always wear insulated boots and protective clothing including a helmet, gloves and eye protection.
  3. Keep your machine in top mechanical condition.
  4. Always ride safe and sober
    1. Alcohol and other drugs have a negative effect on driver vision, balance, coordination, and reaction time. Never ride with someone who has been drinking.
  5. Always ride with a friend or fellow snowmobiler
    1. If there is an emergency or mechanical breakdown you have a way to get help.
  6. Slow down
    1. Excessive speed is a major factor in many crashes, especially at night. To help avoid crashes, keep night time speed under 40 MPH.
  7. Use extreme caution riding on ice
    1. It is safest to avoid riding on lakes and rivers. If you must ride on ice, wear a life jacket over your outer clothing. Stay on the marked trail and stay off of ice that has moving water (current) near or under it. Ice in these areas may be thin and weak.
  8. Never operate on a street or highway
    1. Avoid driving too close to automobile traffic. Snowmobiles are small and not always visible to larger vehicles, particularly in the snow.
  9. Stay to the right
    1. Most trails are two-way. Stay to the far right of the trail, especially on hills and corners. Obey all trail signs and cross roadways with extreme caution. Keep headlights and tail lights on at all times.
  10. Approach intersections cautiously
    1. Come to a complete stop, raise off the seat and look for traffic.
Sources: MI and MN DNR websites
 
*Media outlets are encouraged to share this information with their audiences via their on-air, online and social media platforms.

 
 
 
AAA in Michigan celebrated its 100th Anniversary - A Century of Service in 2016 and has over 1.4 million members across the state. It is part of The Auto Club Group (ACG).  Connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn.
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America.  ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana.  ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 57 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile. AAA clubs can be visited on the Internet at AAA.com.

                 
 

About The Auto Club Group
The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, travel, insurance and financial services offerings to approximately 9 million members across 11 states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with nearly 55 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety.

About Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation
Established by AAA – The Auto Club Group in 2010, Auto Club Group Traffic Safety Foundation, Inc. (ACGTSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and public charity dedicated to producing a significant and continuous reduction in traffic crashes, injuries and deaths in the communities targeted by its efforts. ACGTSF provides programs, education and outreach to increase public awareness about the importance of traffic safety and improve driving behavior. ACGTSF is funded by voluntary, tax-deductible contributions from organizations and individuals who support ACGTSF’s purpose.


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