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Riding through rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands is illegal, causes environmental damage, and hurts fish and wildlife. You will, however, encounter puddles or low-water crossings on trails. When you do, follow these guidelines.

  • Determine the depth of the water before you cross.
  • Keep your feet firmly on the footrests, which may become slippery.
  • Drive through the water at a slow, steady speed so that you can spot and avoid submerged obstacles and slippery rocks.
  • Stay alert for obstacles above the water.
  • Avoid driving across water at high speeds since this may cause you to hydroplane, lose steering control, and roll over.
  • Do not drive into water that is deeper than the maximum depth specified in your owner’s manual.
  • Avoid spinning your wheels, which disrupts streambeds and erodes banks.
  • Test your brakes once you’re on dry land.
  • If you have four-wheel drive, make certain that it’s engaged in low gear.
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