Seven essential
hand signals

The only time I take my hand off the handlebars is to signal what I am about to do. Here are some hand-signs used when operating off-highway vehicles (OHV). Without turn signals on OHVs, it’s difficult for other drivers to know where you’re going. Using common hand-signs shows what you’re going to do. These hand-signs are used everywhere in Québec and can be used when driving either a snowmobile or an ATV.

stop

Arm raised vertically with open hand.
The STOP signal may be made with your right arm because
your left hand is used to activate the brakes.
Whether it’s the left or right hand raised,
OHV drivers should be ready to stop.

slow
down

Left arm extended out and down from the side
of your body with a downward flapping
motion as a warning signal.

right
turn

Left arm raised to shoulder height, elbow bent,
forearm vertical and hand open.

left
turn

Left arm extended straight out from the shoulder
and pointing in the direction of your turn.

last
snowmobile

Raise your forearm
and make a fist at your shoulder.

snowmobile
following

Arm raised, elbow bent, and thumb pointing
backward, like a hitchhiker, move your arm
from front to back above your shoulder.

oncoming
snowmobile

Left arm raised to shoulder height, elbow bent
and forearm vertical and wrist bent.
Move your arm from left to right above your head,
indicating the right side of the trail.