"Safety First, Every Ride, Every Time” is a responsible motto to ride by. One of our goals is to educate parents and kids on the safe and proper use of OHVs in an effort to reduce crashes and injuries resulting from inappropriate OHV use.
We emphasize the ATV Safety Institute's Golden Rules:
ATV Safety Institute’s Golden Rules:
- Always wear a helmet and other protective gear.
- Never ride on public roads--another vehicle could hit you.
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle, nor more than an operator and passenger on a ATV designed for two persons.
- Ride an ATV that's right for your age.
- Supervise riders younger than 16; ATV's are not toys.
- Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
- Take a hands-on ATV RiderCourse and the free online E-Course. Visit ATVSafety.org or call 800.887.2887.
- It is illegal for anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs to operate an OHV. In addition, operating or riding an OHV with an open container of alcohol is prohibited. (23152(a) CVC)
- Possession or use of any glass container, empty or not, used for carrying any liquid for drinking purposes is prohibited. (43 CFR 8365.1-6)
- OHVs must be equipped with an approved muffler, brakes, and spark arrestor. (38365,38355, and 38366 CVC) Seat belts are to be worn if your vehicle is equipped with them. The OHV operator must be able to reach and operate all controls on the vehicle.
- Headlights and taillights are required when driving between one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise. (38335 CVC)
- OHVs are not to be operated faster than what is safe for the conditions of the area. (38305 CVC) When riding within 50 feet of any campground, campsite, or concentration of people or animals, speeds cannot exceed 15 mph. (38310 CVC) It is unlawful for any person to drive any motor vehicle in any manner with a willful and wanton disregard for the safety of other persons. (38316 CVC)
Leave No Trace:
- Plan ahead and prepare,
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces,
- Dispose of waste properly,
- Leave what you find,
- Minimize campfire impacts,
- Respect wildlife,
- Be considerate of other visitors.
Utilizing these safety tips and environmental guidelines you can ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for you, your family, friends, and the environment.