The Handbook of Massachusetts Off-Highway Vehicle Laws
The Official Off-roading Handbook of the Massachusetts Environmental Police - Web Version
Table of Contents
Using Correct Riding Techniques
Consult your owner's manual for information on turning your OHV properly. In general, you should:
- Turn at low to medium speeds.
- Move forward on the seat and lean in the direction of the turn.
- Turn the handlebars while looking where you are turning.
- Speed up slightly as you come out of the turn.
- If an OHV starts to tip, lean your body farther into the turn and gradually reduce your speed.
Climbing hills can be dangerous if you don't follow the proper procedures as described in your owner's manual. You could lose control of your OHV, or it could overturn.
In general, you should:
- Use good judgment. If the hill looks too steep for your OHV or your abilities, it probably is.
- Start the climb by shifting into a lower gear. Speed up to maintain momentum.
- Move up on the seat and lean forward, or stand and position your torso over the front wheels.
- Keep your weight uphill and your feet on the footrests.
If you can't see what is on or over the crest of a hill, slow down until you have a clear view.
Always carefully check the terrain before you start down any hill. Choose a downhill path that is as straight as possible with a minimum of obstacles.
When going downhill, remember to:
- Shift your weight to the rear.
- Maintain a low speed.
- Use a lower gear.
- Brake gradually.
- Look ahead.
Traversing a Slope
You may encounter hills that are too steep to ascend or descend in a straight line. In that case, you may be able to drive across, or traverse, the slope at an angle. However, don't attempt to traverse a slope with surfaces that are extremely slippery, rough, or loose.
When traversing, be sure to:
- Keep both feet firmly on the footrests.
- Lean your upper body uphill.
- Keep your speed steady.