National ATV Safety Week June 6-14

Michigan DNR Also Announces Free ORV Weekends June 13-14, August 22-23

As summer kicks off, national ATV Safety Week (June 6-14) is a good opportunity to remind riders of important safety tips that can help ensure a more enjoyable off-road experience.

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Do a pre-ride check of your vehicle to make sure it’s in proper working order.

Here are some top safety tips for ATV riding, courtesy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

  • Always wear a U.S. Department of Transportation-approved helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
  • Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.
  • Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.
  • Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
  • Take an off-road vehicle safety course or an online course.
  • Do a pre-ride check of your vehicle to make sure it is in proper working order. Pay close attention to the tires, making sure they aren’t low and don’t have leaks. Low tire pressure can cause handling issues for your Off-Road Vehicle.
  • Know your trail – study the map for where you are riding before you head out and become familiar with where the sharp curves are located.
  • Know where you’re riding – before heading out, make sure you know whether or not the county you’re riding in allows ORV use on county roads. Do not mistake state forest roads for county roads. Contact the county sheriff’s department, road commission or county clerk’s office for information about each county’s ORV ordinances.
  • ORVs primarily are designed for off-road use. Driving on paved surfaces is hazardous because of handling issues. Riding on paved roads is a common cause of ORV-related fatalities.

Ride Free in Michigan June 13-14, August 22-23
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources invites off-road enthusiasts to enjoy two Free ORV Weekends this year on June 13-14 and August 22-23. During these weekends, the Michigan DNR waives the requirement to have an ORV license or trail permit to ride an ORV on DNR-designated routes and trails, and on public roads open to ORV riding.

ORV riders can explore more than 3,700 miles of designated ORV trails in Michigan. All rules found in the 2015 ORV Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws apply during Free ORV Weekends. ORV trail maps are available at www.michigan.gov/orvtrails.

For more information about the upcoming Free ORV Weekends, contact Maia Turek at turekm@michigan.gov or 989-225-8573.

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