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Snowmobile use in Norway. Behaviour, attitudes, accidents and risk.

Authors: Torkel Bjørnskau, Alice Ciccone
Report nr: 1564/2017
ISBN: 978-82-480-2133-9
ISBN (digital version): 978-82-480-1253-5
Language: Norwegian
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There is little knowledge on snowmobiles in Norway in terms of use, behaviour, attitudes, accidents and injuries. This study is based on a survey of approx. 4,600 owners of snowmobiles in Norway. The study shows that snowmobiles are used for leisure driving, such as day trips and transport to cabins, as well as transportation and delivery services for cabins, ski resorts, etc. The driving season extends from November to May, and peaks in March. Many believe there are too many restrictions on snowmobile driving in Norway. There is a considerable amount of illegal driving, but many have a special permission to drive off the track network. Off-track play and hill climbing are particularly popular among the youth. Such driving and speeding are associated with a higher risk of accidents and personal injury. There are very few reports on the use of alcohol or other drugs related to scooter driving. The risk of personal injury on snowmobiles is higher than in cars and motorcycles, but lower than on bicycles.


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