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Be Prepared

Anytime you venture into off-road terrain, some risk is involved. You could become stranded because of mechanical problems; caught in unexpected, severe weather; or injured or lost.

Environment characteristics, such as rough terrain, climate extremes, and remoteness, also increase the chance of accidents.

Before You Leave...

Tell someone where and with whom you are riding and when you will be back.

What to Bring Along

Map and Compass: To make sure you know where you can operate your ORV legally, get a trail map that shows the locations of designated trails and routes. Having a topographic map also will provide you with useful information for navigating terrain because these maps show the area in three dimensions. Purchase a good orienteering compass, and learn how to use it with your maps.

First-Aid Kit: Carry a first-aid kit, and take a first-aid course so that you'll know how to respond in an emergency.

Survival Kit: In addition to the items listed above, you should carry:

  • Candy bars (or other high-energy food)
  • Emergency food and water
  • Flashlight
  • Hand axe
  • Signal flares
  • Tarpaulin
  • Waterproof matches

Other useful items:

  • Radio for weather reports
  • Mobile phone and a GPS