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.