Blah, blah, blah, safety right? It is boring, right? We just want to go and ride, right? Well,..........
Safety is not the most thrilling part of riding an Off-Highway Vehicle, but it is one of the most important. Doing the right things to keep you, your family, your friends, and your riding buddies safe helps keep you riding for as long as you want.
I know people who still ride Off-Highway Motorcycles (OHM) in the 70's. I be sure to stay safe while riding so I can do the same. Here are some things to help keep you riding after other people are using their walkers.
Check out the 'Getting Started in Riding Pages
' on this web site and start riding the right way from the beginning. We cover everything we can think of that you will need to know about OHV riding such as buying a machine, transporting and storing, safety gear, tools, where to ride, who to ride with, and much more! Get trained!
Just because you can sit on an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and press the throttle, doesn't mean you can control the machine in any situation. ATVs and OHMs are rider-active. This means that you control the machines with your body position and where you are looking. To learn how to maneuver the machines, take a hands-on training course.
Find a national course at the ATV Safety Institute
(ASI) or Dirtbike School
. Check out the local training programs, if we know about them, on our State Contacts
page by clicking on your State, then the 'Training' tab.
Find a national Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV or side by side or UTV or.......) training course at the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association
(ROHVA). Parents! You hold the keys to keep your family safe
. Always follow the ATV Golden Rules of Safety
, MSF Dirt Bike Riding Tips
, and ROHVA ROV Safety Rules
. Wear your helmet and your gear!
Join a club! The best and most trails are located in areas where the riders are most active. More clubs and associations mean more and better trails. More people in every club, helping out using their individual talents, mean more and better trails. Get the picture? If you are not going to step up and help out, who is? Already active?
NOHVCC is looking for additional State Partners (in vacant States) and Associate State Partners in most every State. Check out our Partner page
for details. Make your trails quality trails!
Use the NOHVCC guidebook
(when it is finished) to plan, design, create, and maintain quality (aka sustainable and fun) OHV trails and trail systems. There is a whole section regarding taking unsustainable routes and creating sustainable trails.
Check out the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) position paper
and the ROHVA position paper regarding the operation of ATVs and ROVs on roadways
Volunteer with your land management agency. If you want something done right, do it yourself - with your club and associations. Give the agencies a hand to keep and create your trail systems. Work within their processes to improve your trails. Sustainable trails are not only safer, but they are much more fun to ride.