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Handling Special Situations

Deep Snow

You need more power to operate in deep, fluffy snow than on hard-packed snow because your vehicle sinks deeper. Turn in a wide arc, and look for a firmer base.

Hard-Packed Snowdrifts

Hard-packed snow presents problems in drifted areas where the packed snow isn't uniform. Unexpected bumps and dips can cause back injuries, especially at higher speeds. Travel cautiously in these areas, reducing speed.

Safety Tips

  • Don't ride alone.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs which impair key functions.
  • Don't drive tired.


Ice is as hard as pavement and requires extreme caution. Spins are common, and fast stops are impossible.

Use a slow, steady speed. To stop, let up on the throttle and allow the machine to coast to a stop.

If You Get Stuck in the Snow

Don't attempt to lift your machine out by yourself. In some cases, people have had heart attacks from the strain. Instead, try one of these three methods.

Use a rope to pull out the machine.

Tramp down the snow in front of the machine, "rock" it free, and drive forward.

If the two methods above fail, ask someone to help you lift your machine out of its hole.

Carrying a Passenger or Towing

Only carry a passenger if your machine is designed to carry another person; most are not.

When towing, use a rigid tow bar, which will prevent the sled from crashing into you if you stop suddenly.

If You Have an Accident IC 14-16-1-24

You are required by law to report immediately any accident you are involved in that results in serious injury or death, or more than $750 in damages.