Ready to hit the powder-y white stuff with the engines of your snowmobile all revved up and ready to go?
Well, hold your horses, "Ski-Dood!"
According to Bill Klohs, "it is required by law, that anyone between the ages of 12 and 17 must possess a state snowmobile safety certificate before operating a snowmobile on public lands or on lands purchased with registration funds."
That's why Klohs offered an all-day Iowa Snowmobile Safety Course at the Boat Farm Saturday.
Twelve teens signed up to be certified for snowmobile safety. Over the course of one eight-hour session, kids were required to pass both a written test and an obstacle course.
Department of Natural Resources conservation officer Chad Morrow also talked safety and the law when it comes to snowmobiling for all of you "Arctic Cat"s and Arctic kittens.
All participants who passed the course received a state certificate plus a gnarly "Safe Snowmobiler" patch issued by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
The Iowa Conservationist Magazine's Snowmobile Safety Code presents 10 important safety rules for outdoor winter sportspeople
1) Be sure your snowmobile is in top-notch mechanical condition at the beginning of the winter season and throughout the following months.
2) Familiarize yourself with the snowmobile you are driving by reading the manual accompanying the snowmobile. 3) Wear sensible protective clothing designed for snowmobiling.
4) Use a full-sized helmet, goggles, or a visor to prevent injuries from twigs, stones, ice chips, and flying debris.
5) Avoid wearing long scarves--they may get in the moving part of the snowmobile.
6) Always use the buddy system. Never ride off alone or unaccompanied.
7) Know the terrain you are going to ride. If unfamiliar to you, ask someone who has traveled over it before.
8) Know the weather forecast and especially ice and snow conditions in the area. Carry survival equipment.
9) Do not pursue domestic or wild animals. If you see a violation of this rule, report it to the nearest law enforcement officer.
10) Do not drive on thin ice. Ice must be solid and at least five inches thick to support a snowmobile and rider. When not familiar with ice conditions, stay off the ice.