Riding on paved surfaces is a leading cause of OHV-related accidents and deaths. Most machines are not meant to be anywhere near roads and highways, and drivers on the highway do not expect to see OHVs there. So, if your trail happens to cross a road, be very cautious and use these safety tips to get you and your group across the road safely:
- Make sure it’s legal to cross the highway in your state (check the state regulations before your trip).
- Choose a crossing point where you have the best visibility in both directions.
- Bring the machine to a complete stop on the shoulder of the road before crossing.
- Always yield to oncoming traffic – the transport truck has the right of way – you don’t.
- Once clear on both sides, cross the road quickly and at a 90-degree angle.
- Remember, when crossing roads, you must always assume that motorists CAN’T see you. They will not expect you to be there and will not be thinking of your safety. Only YOU can do that.
Riding With a Group?
- If you’re riding with a group, the first rider to approach the road should dismount their machine in a safe place on the shoulder and watch for oncoming traffic. When the road is clear in both directions, they should wave the other riders across.
- Once the group is safely across the road, the last rider to cross the road should park in a safe place on the shoulder, watch for traffic and then wave the leading rider across once the way is clear.
RIDER SAFETY TIP: IS MY BIKE STREET LEGAL?
Some machines are designed to be driven on roads and highways… but not many. To be considered street legal, your machine must be legally identified as such by the manufacturer. A street legal OHV will be outfitted with the following road safety equipment:
- A windshield (eye protection)
- Rear-view mirrors
- A muffler
- Lights (license plate lights, headlights and brake lights)
- A horn
- A seat