The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association
Tips for Memorial Day Weekend
IRVINE, Calif., May 25, 2011 – This holiday
weekend, thousands of recreational off-highway
vehicle enthusiasts will explore trails, deserts
and public lands across the country, and ROHVA
is calling on all drivers to be safe and
responsible while having fun.
“Recreational off-highway vehicles are a
great way for families and friends to enjoy time
together in the great outdoors,” said Paul
Vitrano, executive vice president of the
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association.
“But along with that fun comes the
responsibility to drive safely and preserve the
environment. ROHVA leads the way in providing
ROV enthusiasts with valuable safety education,
tips and resources that are available anytime
Visitors to the website can take ROHVA’s
award-winning ROV E-Course. The online training
is a free, multi-media, interactive safety
course that addresses the risks when driving an
ROV and reinforces safe practices that will
reduce the chance risk of injury.
A recent study determined that 98 percent of
ROV crashes involved at least one of the
warned-against behaviors found in ROV operator
manuals. These behaviors include doing stunts,
riding at excessive speeds, riding on paved
roads, using alcohol or drugs while driving,
improper seating of passengers, failing to wear
a helmet and failing to wear a seat belt.
The study also found that 23 percent of
crashes involved drivers under the recommended
age. ROHVA recommends that anyone under the age
of 16, or without a driver’s license, should not
operate an ROV.
“The Safety Rules found at
are common-sense guidelines that everyone should
review and follow whenever they drive an ROV,”
Vitrano said. “Those seven rules are key to the
safe enjoyment of these great vehicles.” Those
fasten your seat belt, wear a helmet and other
protective gear and keep all parts of your body
inside the ROV.
- Avoid paved surfaces. ROVs are designed to be
- Drive only in designated areas, at a safe speed,
and use care when turning and crossing slopes.
- Never drive or ride under the influence of
alcohol or drugs.
- Never drive an ROV unless you’re 16 or older and
have a valid driver’s license. ROVs are not
- Never carry more passengers than the ROV is
designed for, and never allow a passenger who is
too small to sit in a passenger seat to ride in
- Read and follow the operator’s manual and
warning labels. Sometimes referred to as
side-by-sides or utility terrain vehicles
(UTVs), ROVs are motorized off-highway vehicles
designed to travel on four or more non-highway
tires, with a steering wheel, non-straddle
seating, seat belts, an occupant-protective
structure, and engine displacement up to
1,000cc. Current models are designed with seats
for a driver and one or more passengers. ROVs
are used for a variety of outdoor recreational
activities as well as many work applications.
The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle
Association is a national industry organization
that promotes the safe and responsible use of
ROVs. ROHVA is accredited by the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop
equipment, configuration and performance
standards. Based in Irvine, Calif., the
not-for-profit association is sponsored by
Arctic Cat, BRP, Kawasaki, Polaris and Yamaha.
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