We love it. You love it. But not everybody loves seeing and hearing OHVs on a trail.
This may come as a surprise, but you may find that a peaceful birdwatcher or patient deer hunter will have ‘mixed feelings’ about a group of machines ripping through their area.
Remember, owning and operating any type of OHV comes with rider responsibility. Why? Because we need to make sure that riders can continue to use trails for years to come. The freedom sport riders have is only granted through the continued practice of safe, courteous operation. Riders must also continue to respect the natural environment, other trail users and owners of private property.
Basically, this means play by the rules, or take up a different sport.
The ‘Understand This’ List:
- We owe it to our outdoor playground to take care of it. Everyone using both state and public lands is responsible for the impact they have on the environment.
- OHVs are loud machines. Make sure your muffler is working properly.
- Make sure your spark arrestor is functioning as it should to avoid accidentally starting a forest fire (this could happen when riding in areas with dry vegetation).
- Know the rules and regulations that govern the area where you’re riding and find out about any restrictions before you hit the trail.
- Stay centred on trails to avoid widening the them and damaging the environment.
- Respect others on the trail – always follow at a safe distance from other riders and only pass others using the trail once you’ve received a ‘go-ahead’ confirmation from them. Look for a hand signal.
- Always yield to non-motorized trail traffic, such as horseback riders, hikers, joggers and mountain bikers.
- Avoid riding in heavy rain or in extra muddy conditions – you could ruin a trail for other riders if you rip it up right after a heavy rainfall.
- Use proper fuelling procedures to ensure that no gasoline hits the ground… ever.