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    Staying Safe Off-Road

    July 24, 2015  |  By:  Oatley Vigmond

    Many Ontarians enjoy riding ATVs, dirt bikes, dune buggies, and four-wheelers over rough terrain. While off-roading can offer year-round outdoor fun, it can also lead to serious injury when proper precautions are not taken.

    The following tips will help to make your off-roading experience is a safe one that complies with the law:

    1. Make sure drivers are properly licensed or under direct supervision: Most off-road vehicles require licensing. To drive an ATV, you must be at least 12 years old or be under the direct supervision of an adult. To drive an ATV on a public roadway you must be 16 years of age. If your off-road vehicle does not have a licensing requirement, it is still important be mindful of the age and experience needed to ride safely.

    2. Make sure that your off-road vehicle is properly registered: Unless you are off-roading in exempt areas, most off-road vehicles must be registered and carry a rear license plate. They must also be insured under a motor vehicle liability policy.

    3. Wear proper equipment: Whether you are a driver or passenger, make sure you are wearing a securely fastened motorcycle helmet while off-roading. Proper eye protection should also be worn, as well as protective body equipment and footwear.

    4. Do not drink alcohol and off-road: As was with driving a car, drinking and off-roading does not mix well. What is more, off-road vehicles do not offer the same protection as an enclosed car. Injuries from drinking and off-roading accidents are especially severe, including traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. The same drinking and driving laws that apply to cars apply to off-road vehicles. You can be criminally convicted of drinking and driving an off-road vehicle.

    5. Be prepared for the unexpected: Carry a tool kit, first aid kit, flashlight, cell phone and high energy food while off-roading. It is also a good idea to carry a map, compass or GPS unit if you are travelling far into the bush.

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