OHV riding is a physically and mentally demanding activity that requires your complete attention. For this reason, operating your bike, quad or side-by-side is incredibly dangerous if you’re under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Being drunk or high while riding will negatively impact your vision, motor skills and reaction time. It’s just not worth it. Tragically, alcohol is the key factor in many OHV-related deaths and accidents.
You’ve got to be on your A-game to operate a motorized machine. Understand that the outdoor elements of wind, sun and the motion of your machine will all increase the effects of drugs and alcohol on your mental and physical state. Don’t negotiate with yourself. Even a small amount of alcohol will make it more difficult for you to:
- Simultaneously ride your machine while scanning the trail for hazards.
- Spot moving objects, like other traffic on the trail, hikers, blowing debris or wildlife.
- Maintain your hand-eye-foot coordination.
- React quickly in an emergency.
- Stay within your personal riding capabilities and limits.
- See the trail and any obstacles clearly, particularly at night or in conditions with reduced visibility.