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  • Group riding requires good communication and visual contact.
  • Visual communication requires proper spacing.
  • To keep the group together, the trail leader should slow down or wait on the opposite side of a crossing when a stop is required. After crossing, the leader stops or slows the group to ensure that everyone knows the correct route.
  • When riding with a group, you give hand signals to the person behind you.
    • Before letting go of the handlebar to signal, make sure you will be able to maintain control of your snowmobile.
    • Don’t make sloppy signals.
    • Make sure the person behind you can see your signals.
  • Two-way headsets installed in helmets are useful for voice communication and are an effective way for the trail leader and the sweep to communicate.
Snowmobilers signaling others with a Communication Safety System (CSS)
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