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Riding on Different Types of Terrain

Mud and Water IC 14-16-1-23(a)(13)

ORVs are designed to ride through shallow water and mud, but they also can damage the environment.

It is illegal to ride an ORV in a creek or stream unless you are crossing by the shortest possible route.

Snow 312 IAC 7-1-3

ORVs and all other wheeled vehicles are prohibited from using state snowmobile trails.

Ride only on firm snow or groomed trails where permitted by law. Riding on soft snow can damage the terrain.

Watch for snowdrifts. They may cause an accident or cause you to get stuck.

Safety Tips

  • Don't ride alone.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Don't drive tired.

Trails 312 IAC 8-2-8

An ORV may not be operated on DNR property except on a trail or property designated for the purpose.

Avoid riding on vegetation or wet sand.

Crossing Roads and Highways IC 14-16-1-20;
IC 14-16-1-23

Because ORVs are designed for off-road use, they can be difficult to handle on paved surfaces. Riding on or crossing a road illegally or improperly is a leading cause of ORV rider fatalities.

If you must cross a road, follow this safe procedure.

  • Stop at a right angle to the road.
  • Pick a crossing point where you have good visibility in both directions.
  • Bring your vehicle to a complete stop on the shoulder of the road.
  • Look both ways, and yield to oncoming traffic.
  • Proceed forward slowly because your ORV may be difficult to maneuver on pavement.

Drive straight across the road.

If You Have an Accident IC 14-16-1-24

You are required by law to report immediately any accident you are involved in that results in serious injury or death, or more than $750 in damages. Use the quickest means of communication, and notify at least one of the following: conservation officer, sheriff's office, police department of the municipality where the accident occurred, or the state police.