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OHV Safety


In the winter, more layers are appropriate, but NEVER wear a loose scarf when riding an OHV. Snowmobile suits are ideas for OHV. Special riding gear such as chest protectors, pants with knee pads and shin guards, and jacks with special pading can provide additional protection.

The nature of off-highway vehcile (OHV) riding makes it essential that riders wear protective clothing:

  • Helmet —A helmet is the single most important piece of protection that can be worn.
  • Eye protection—Always wear goggles or a bubble visor shield.
  • Gloves—A good pair of gloves is essential.
  • Boots—It is important to have a pair of strong, over-the-ankle boots, with heels.
  • Shirt or jacket—You need to wear a long-sleeved shirt or jacket when riding.
  • Pants—You need to wear long pants to protect your legs.

Pre-ride checklist

Review this checklist before you ride to ensure a safe trip.

  • Notify someone of where you intend to ride and what time you wil return. Never ride alone.
  • Check that your OHV is in proper working condition; all fluids are topped off; there are no loose or broken parts; and that your spark arrestor is in good condition and has not been modified.
  • Carry basic tools and survival gear, including plenty of drinking water.
  • Make sure you have proper riding gear for the route planned, including at the very least a helmet, sturdy over-the-ankle boots, gloves, and eye protection.
  • If riding in an unfamiliar area, make sure you have checked with the managing owner or agency to verify the area is open for OHV use. Be sure you have a current travel plan map.
  • Make sure your OHV is clean and free of weed seeds.
  • Be sober.
  • Be mentally and physically prepared for your ride.