The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) has unveiled a new driver training site in Irvine for Southern California SideXSide enthusiasts. The new Basic DriverCourses are a chance for both individuals and groups to improve their SideXSide driving skills in a controlled environment and under the supervision of a certified DriverCoach. Drivers are taught how to navigate tough situations, when and how to effectively use a spotter, and how to maintain better control of their vehicle in a variety of situations.

The course costs approximately $150 per driver and a passenger can attend the class at no extra cost. Students must be at least 16 years old and have a valid drivers license and have completed the free online ROV E-Course.

The online ROV E-Course is free to anyone and takes about two hours to complete. The online course is not a drivers course, but is instead intended to raise an awareness of safety among ROV users and to give users a basis of knowledge from which to build safer riding practices. An optional quiz at the end of the course allows students to test what they have learned.

SideXSides handle differently than other OHV’s or 4X4’s. SideXSides driven by untrained users or on unsuitable terrain have resulted in injuries and deaths in Jawbone canyon and other areas in Southern California. Because of their roll bar, car-style handling, and seat belts, SideXSide drivers perceive that their vehicle is safer than riding a dirt bike or ATV and therefore may be less likely to take training classes or form safety-conscious off-road driving habits in the same ways that the dirt bike and ATV communities have.

The Friends of Jawbone urge all SideXSide owners and drivers to take the safety courses offered by ROHVA. A little time and money is a small price to pay to build the skills drivers need to keep themselves and their passengers safe!

For more information about the ROHVA’s training courses and community involvement, visit their website by clicking here.