As the weather gets warmer, more people are participating in outdoor sports and activities, including going outside to ride off-road vehicles (ORV). Although this is a common pastime, ORVs can be dangerous if proper safety measures aren’t followed.
Tips for ORV safety
- Always wear protective gear, including a helmet, goggles, long-sleeve shirt, gloves, pants, and boots that sit above the ankle
- Anyone operating an ORV should be certified (certification is mandatory by law)
- Be a responsible ORV rider: Always be aware of your surroundings and other riders
- Don’t push beyond your skill level
- Never ride on paved roads
- Supervise riders younger than 16
Why helmet safety is so important
Crashes on off-road vehicles do happen and the severity of the injuries from a crash is hard to predict. Helmets that are specifically built for motorcycle use include an outer shell, an impact-absorbing liner, comfort padding, and a sturdy chin strap. All of these components are key to protecting your head during a crash.
Factors to consider when buying a helmet for ORV use
- Make sure the helmet is DOT-compliant
- Get the right fit
- New helmets usually fit tighter
- Follow manufacturer’s care instructions for helmet
- Replace helmet after a crash or after every few years without damage
The Utah DNR offers online off-road vehicle certification courses. Utah law requires that kids ages 8 to 15 complete this course before operating an ORV.