The Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws
The Official Off-roading Handbook of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
Table of Contents
Riding on Different Types of Terrain
ORVs and all other wheeled vehicles are prohibited from using state snowmobile trails unless designated for ORV use.
Ride only on firm snow or groomed trails where permitted by law. Riding on soft snow can damage the terrain.
Watch for snow drifts. They may cause an accident or cause you to get stuck.
Mount an antenna flag on your ORV so others can see you.
Avoid riding on vegetation or wet sand.
Crossing Roads and Highways
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.
- Ride with a friend or family member on another machine.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Don’t operate tired.