Snowmobile lights are vital to safe snowmobiling for yourself and your fellow snowmobilers. Learn the difference between proper and improper use of your lights.
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The headlight of a snowmobile produces white light with sufficient power to illuminate objects a distance of 200 feet ahead of the snowmobile. Always slow down when operating at night, generally to less than 45 or 50 miles per hour, to prevent over-riding what the headlight can safely illuminate. The headlight has both a high and low power beam that is operated by a switch generally located either on the left handlebar or the lower portion of the console.
The tail lamp on a snowmobile must display a red light that is plainly visible during darkness from a distance of 500 feet to the rear. Since taillights have a tendency to become obstructed by snow and ice buildup when riding, check and clear the taillight frequently. The brake light is also
housed in the tail lamp, so check for build-up during daytime and nighttime outings.