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Reading and Traversing Terrain

To ride safely, you need to be able to assess the terrain ahead of you and understand the capabilities of your machine.

Stay on existing trails. Avoid dangerous terrain such as steep slopes, marshes, and swamps. Also, keep an eye out for large holes, ruts, bumps, debris, and other obstacles.

Travel at speeds appropriate for the terrain, visibility, operating conditions, and your ability.

Constantly scan the path ahead of you to pick the safest route around obstacles or hazards.

Carefully approach hills, turns, and other obstacles.

Be especially alert when traveling over unfamiliar terrain.

Riding over boardwalks and decks can be dangerous. Such decks are often built over wetlands, and can be slippery. ORV operators should cross these with extreme caution.