ERIC Number: ED188814
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Iron Dog: The Care and Keeping of a Sno-go.
Part of a series of home literacy readers with conversational text and sketches, this booklet addresses the Alaskan environment, where the snowmobile or sno-go has recently replaced the dogsled and mechanized land travel. Only with safe drivers is this "Iron Dog" one of man's best friends. The good sno-go driver stays off roads, plane runways, train tracks, and thin or cracked ice. Always mindful of safety procedures, a good driver does not panic when he has a frozen-throttle, rather he turns the engine off with kill button or key. When stuck in a drift, a good driver lifts and walks the running sno-go out. Competent drivers know the maintenance manual; carry tools, spark plugs, and drive belt; always start out with a full gas tank; are aware of their running time; and inform others of their trip timing and route. Safe practices for long trips require taking companions and packing gas, a rope, an ax, a knife, matches, clothes, a first aid kit, food, and a bedroll. Unsafe practices include loading too many people, jumping, tailgating, and wearing long scarves the "Iron Dog" can chew. Towbars, not ropes, should be used to pull sleds safely. When traveling in darkness, it is important to make sure lights and flashlight work. Lights increase visibility at slow speeds, in surprise fog, or in white-outs. Wearing goggles helps to make stumps, posts, and wires more visible when there is extreme brightness or glare. (SC)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Automation, Climate, Driver Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Equipment Maintenance, Illustrations, Literacy Education, Motor Vehicles, Outdoor Education, Physical Environment, Safety Education, Thermal Environment, Transportation
Environmental Health Branch, Alaska Area Native Health Service, Box 7-741, Anchorage, AK 99501 (free to Native Americans)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Right to Read Program.
Authoring Institution: Literacy Council of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Identifiers: Alaska; Snowmobiles; Survival Skills
Note: For related documents, see RC 012 080-84.