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Safe ORV riding

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Safe ORV riding

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Speed and rider inexperience are the primary contributing factors for ORV accidents, serious injuries and death.

Important safety tips

  • Ride at a safe speed.
  • Ride on the right side of the trail.
  • Keep lights on when riding.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Ride sober and safe.
  • Operate within the limits of your ORV and yourself.
  • Only transport a passenger when the ORV has been manufactured to carry a passenger. Aftermarket add-ons do not permit a passenger to ride on/in a machine. Refer to the manufacturer's user manual for clarification.
  • Ride with a group.
  • Create a ride plan and share it with others. A ride plan includes the times and locations you will be riding, along with check-in points.
  • Know your terrain and be prepared to adjust for changing environmental conditions.
  • Stay on the trail an ensure the area you intend to ride is open to ORV activity.
  • Stay off state highways (those designated as M or US).
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Trail etiquette

Knowing the rules for mixed-use trails and interacting respectfully with other users helps ensure a fun and safe day in the outdoors.

ORV safety certificate

Get safety certified

Operators under age 16 in Michigan must take an approved ORV education course.

rules and regulations

Rules & regulations

It's your responsibility to know the rules and regulations before you ride.