- Inspect your off-road vehicle;
- Wear the proper protective clothing and helmet;
- Let someone know where you are going – it is always better to travel with at least one other person;
- Stay on marked trails, they are safer;
- A survival kit and cell phone can also be helpful in case of an emergency;
- Remember that alcohol, drugs and fatigue can affect the skills you need to ride safely – it is illegal to operate an off-road vehicle under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs;
- Make sure your off-road vehicle is equipped with an exhaust system that meets original manufacturer’s standards and does not cause excessive noise;
- Check your front and rear lights and ensure reflectors on the sides are in place particularly if you're traveling at night.
Safety Tips and Equipment
Before hitting the trails
Required Safety Equipment
- All operators and passengers of any off-road vehicle are required to wear a helmet that complies with standards prescribed under the motor vehicle act.
- Off-road vehicles must be equipped with at least one working headlight, a red tail light and a red brake light
- At least one rearview mirror must be mounted on the left side of the vehicle
- If the off-road vehicle was equipped with turn signals when it was manufactured, they must be maintained and in working order
- Amber lights or amber reflectors must be mounted on each side of the vehicle
- Off-road vehicles must have a muffler or exhaust system that complies with the manufacturer’s original specifications
- Operators are prohibited from driving off-road vehicles that cause excessive or unusual noise
- It is illegal to operate an off-road vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- If your driver’s license has been suspended under the motor vehicle act you are also prohibited from operating any off-road vehicle.