Snowmobile: Determining Group Ride Order and Spacing
- The most knowledgeable and experienced rider takes the lead. Trail leaders:
- Guide the direction, pace, and length of the ride.
- Alert the group to changing conditions and warn of potential hazards.
- Avoid unnecessary risk by placing safety first.
- Do not allow reckless behavior such as “horseplay” or passing within the group.
- The least experienced riders should ride immediately behind the leader.
- Less experienced riders, or those with less reliable machines, should never ride last.
- The last position of a group, called a “trail sweep,” is critical in maintaining proper spacing and leadership on the trail. This rider should be as experienced and knowledgeable as the trail leader.
Group Ride Spacing
Stay a safe distance behind the snowmobile ahead of you.
- Proper spacing is determined by speed, reaction time, distance, and the need to maintain visual contact.
- As a rule of thumb, calculate spacing distances using a reaction time of two seconds. As the snowmobile in front of you passes an object, count one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two. If you pass that same object in less than three seconds, you should allow more space.