SLOW DOWN, DRIVE WITHIN YOUR CAPABILITIES!!!
WE HAVE HAD TOO MANY ACCIDENTS THIS SEASON IN NEW YORK STATE
Unsafe speed and alcohol are the primary causes of snowmobile accidents. Most accidents continue to be collisions with fixed objects, such as trees.
Beginning at age 10, courses are available for any individual interested in taking a snowmobile safety education course. Youth ages 14 through 17 years old may operate a snowmobile on lands upon which snowmobiling is allowed without adult or other supervision if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York and have their snowmobile safety certificate in their possession.
If youth ages 14 through 17 years have not completed the training course, they may operate a snowmobile if accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age.
Youth ages 10 through 13 may operate a snowmobile on lands which snowmobiling is allowed if they have completed a snowmobile safety training course recognized by the State of New York and are accompanied by (within 500 feet of) a person who is at least 18 years of age. The law requires that youth ages 10 through 13 have their snowmobile safety certificate in their possession while operating a snowmobile. Children less than 10 years old or less than age 14 without a safety certificate may operate a snowmobile only on lands owned or leased by their parent or guardian.
The Sledder's Pledge
I will never drink and drive a snowmobile.
I will drive within the limits of my machine and my own abilities.
I will obey the rules and laws of the state or province I am visiting.
I will be careful when crossing roads, and always cross at a right angle to traffic.
I will keep my machine in top shape and follow a pre-op check before each ride.
I will wear appropriate clothing, including gloves, boots and a helmet with a visor.
I will let family or friends know my planned route, my destination and my expected arrival time.
I will treat the outdoors with respect. I will not litter or damage trees or other vegetation.
I will respect other peoples' property and rights, and lend a hand when I see someone in need.
I will not snowmobile where prohibited.
Safety Hand Signals
Arm raised from the shoulder and extended straight up over the head with palm of hand flat. Left arm may also be used to signal "STOP"
Left arm extended out and down from the side of the body with a downward flapping motion of hand to signal warning or caution.
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical with the palm of the hand flat
Left arm extended straight out from shoulder and pointing in the direction of the turn
Last Sled in Line
Raise forearm from handle bar and show clenched fist at shoulder height.
Arm raised, elbow bent with thumb pointing backward, in a hitch hiking motion move arm forward to backward over your shoulder.
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical, wrist bent, move arm from left to right over head, pointing to the right side of trails.
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