Presidents Day Weekend Is a Great Opportunity for a Fun and Safe Side-by-Side Drive

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Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association Promotes Eight Safety Rules

IRVINE, CA –  February 17, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – This weekend, ditch the mall traffic and create a memorable Presidents Day filled with dirt, dunes and discovery with your four-wheel side-by-side recreational off-highway vehicle (also known as a ROV). Before heading out on your adventure, go to to see how you can have serious fun while being safe and responsible.

“Driving ROVs is a great way to spend the weekend outdoors with your family, but it’s important to keep everyone safe and continue to protect our environment by following the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association’s Safety Rules,” said ROHVA President Tim Buche.

The rules are:

  1. Always fasten your seat belt, wear a helmet and other protective gear and keep all parts of your body inside the ROV.
  2. Avoid paved surfaces. ROVs are designed to be operated off-highway.
  3. Drive only in designated areas, at a safe speed, and use care when turning and crossing slopes.
  4. Never drive or ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  5. Never drive an ROV unless you’re 16 or older and have a valid driver’s license. ROVs are not toys.
  6. 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.
  7. Read and follow the operator’s manual and warning labels.
  8. Take a hands-on ROV Basic DriverCourse and the free online E-Course. Visit or call 866.267.2751

The rules were developed to help drivers focus on safe and responsible ROV use and to help them get the most out of their vehicles.

Take a few minutes and check out the tips, booklets, videos, and other free resources ROHVA offers at While you’re there, enroll in the free E-course, where you can learn safe off-highway driving strategies.

You can also learn about the hands-on ROV Basic DriverCourse and find the training location nearest you. In the ROV Basic DriverCourse students are guided through a variety of real-world maneuvering exercises that prepare them for operating the vehicles safely and with confidence.

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, Honda, John Deere, Kawasaki, Polaris, Textron, Yamaha and Yanmar. For more information visit

Source: Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association

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