Know Before You Go: Celebrate OHV Safety Week with these Tips

Tread Lightly is honored to be part of the Safety Week collaboration to celebrate California’s 50th Anniversary of the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Program.  “Know Before You Go” is the OHV Safety Week theme for 2021. It consists of 4 parts: Safety, Supplies, Gear and Location.  Please join us in celebrating at one of the many California events May 15-23rd in Northern California and October 17-24th in Southern California. Check out 50th Anniversary & OHV Safety Week (outdoorrecreationfoundation.org) to learn more about Safety Week events and to register for a FREE ROV or ATV training in your area.

Simple actions such as learning the rules of riding, scouting routes, being prepared, filing a riding plan, using required equipment, never riding alone, treading lightly and knowing riding limits can help further promote safety in California’s vehicular recreation sites and help protect the natural resources that make these public outdoor spaces special.

Below are safety tips that the OHMVR Division will be sharing during OHV Safety Awareness Week for new and experienced riders:

  • Learn the Rules of Riding: There are laws specific to operating off-highway vehicles on public lands. Learn about them by visiting the webpage of your outdoor destination prior to leaving home and take a training course.
  • Scout Your Route: Each vehicular recreation area has a vast and diverse mixture of geology for riders exploring in their motorcycle, ATVs, dune buggies or 4x4s; learn about the various trail experience levels and terrain to avoid emergencies.
  • Be Prepared: Know which supplies you need to have for a successful ride. Be prepared with a first aid kit, extra water and food, maps, a tool kit and extra fuel.
  • File a Riding Plan: Tell a responsible person back at camp or at home where you are going and when you plan on returning. Ask that person to notify local law enforcement if you do not return on time.
  • Use Required Safety Equipment: Know which gear is required for your type of recreation to prevent injury. Always wear protective gear, including a safe, well-fitting helmet.
  • Never Go Alone: Always ride with at least one other person, but preferably in groups of three. If one rider is hurt, someone can stay with the rider while the other one gets help. Never move an injured rider.
  • Tread Lightly: Know where to ride, and ride only on designated routes and trails. Be sure to check ahead for open trails. Remember, wildlife has the right-of-way.
  • Know Your Limits: Know the rules, your skill level and how to maintain your vehicle. Only operate at speeds in which you can maintain control at all times. Do not ride faster than your talent and never operate a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Keep your speed under 15 mph when riding near campsites or groups of people.
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