Winter is coming, and ATV and snowmobile owners across the country are getting their vehicles winter-ready.

Jeremy MacKenzie is the owner of HooDoo VooDoo Cycle & Motorsports in Drumheller. He has three tips for anyone hoping to ride this winter: check the weather, dress properly and ride to the conditions of the weather and your machine.

"[Dress] for the weather," MacKenzie said. "We all heard growing up 'make sure you're dressed in layers' and that falls true, especially when you're out on the trails or when you're out enjoying ATV and snowmobiling."

MacKenzie's number one rule about dressing for the weather is to protect your head.

"Wear a helmet. It doesn't take anything for a hidden obstruction to send you flying off of a machine, whether it's a snow machine or an ATV," he continued, adding. "Be safe. Wear proper safety gear. Be visible."

ATV and snowmobile owners must accept personal responsibility for their actions, explained MacKenzie.

"Every injury out there is preventable. It doesn't matter if it's a family or an individual, there's planning that should take place. There has to be back-up plans. There's all sorts of things you can do, but be smart. That's the biggest thing."

Being smart means being prepared and telling people your plans. Make sure your vehicle is mechanically sound, that your tires or belt are in good condition and that you have enough fuel to get home safely.

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