Off-Highway Vehicle Association Reminds ROV
Drivers to Stay Safe This Veterans Day Weekend
IRVINE, Calif., November 9, 2011 – ROV
enthusiasts are sure to be out in force enjoying
this three-day Veterans Day Weekend, and the
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association
wants to remind everyone to stay safe while
they’re having fun.
According to a recent study, dangerous
behavior - behavior that is clearly discouraged
in operator manuals - was a factor in 98 percent
of ROV crashes. Stunting, driving too fast,
driving on paved roads, using alcohol or drugs,
improper seating of passengers, and refusal to
wear helmets and use seat belts were among key
reason for unnecessary injuries. Age was another
factor. Some 23 percent of the crashes involved
children, and the ROHVA says that no one under
16 or without a driver's license should drive an
"The popularity of ROVs is on the rise
because they're an exciting way to enjoy off-roading,"
said Paul Vitrano, ROHVA executive vice
president. "But it's critical that enthusiasts
stay safe by driving responsibly."
Important safety tips and the right way to treat
the environment can be found online at
www.rohva.org. ROHVA wants enthusiasts to
follow its important ROV Safety Rules and help
ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and
everyone else off-road.
ROV Safety Rules:
- Always 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 operated off-highway.
- Drive only in designated areas, at a
safe speed, and use care when turning and
- 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 toys.
- 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 the ROV.
- Read and follow the operator’s manual
and warning labels.
www.rohva.org 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 of injury.
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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