Brush Up On Safe-Riding Skills
July 1, 2018
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) recently partnered with the ATV Safety Institute to promote off-highway vehicle (OHV) education as part of ATV Safety Week. The annual initiative ran in early June and served as a reminder for all OHV enthusiasts - whether new to the hobby or veterans of the sport - to take a safety-education course.
AZGFD provides a list of approved in-person and online courses on its website, and encourages everyone to take the time to learn about proper safety and riding protocols as well as any law changes.
Trained = Safe
"We like to say that trained operators are safe operators. It sounds like a commonsense statement but it's true," said David Rigo, acting OHV coordinator for AZGFD. "Investing the time into taking a safety education course will pay off tenfold when you're out riding and encounter a question or unexpected situation."
Wearing the proper safety gear is another key component of being prepared for a day out on a forest road or trail. Riders under the age of 18 are required to wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet, but it's a good practice for everyone to follow. AZGFD also strongly recommends that OHV operators and passengers wear a seatbelt at all times if their vehicle is equipped with them - buckle up for every trip, every time.
Riding Safely Reminders
• Only carry the number of passengers recommended by the manufacturer for your vehicle. Often many accidents are the result of too many people riding a machine that was designed for fewer passengers.
• Wear riding goggles, a long-sleeved shirt, pants, riding gloves and over-the-ankle boots.
• Never ride alone.
• Be prepared and equipped with a map, first-aid kit and whistle, and have basic tools on hand.
• Stay on designated trails.
For More Information
For more information about OHV safety and places to ride in Arizona, visit azgfd.gov/OHV.