The Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws
The Official Off-roading Handbook of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
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Dressing for the Weather
As with any outdoor winter recreation, you need clothing that will keep you warm and dry. Bear in mind that the "wind chill factor" can lower your temperature considerably. For example, as the chart below indicates, the ambient temperature may be 30° Fahrenheit; but if you are riding at 30 miles an hour, the wind chill temperature drops to -2° Fahrenheit. Hypothermia can occur in temperatures as high as 50°F.
Dress in layers, and wear gloves and a warm head covering under your helmet. Gloves with gauntlets will keep cold air from blowing up your sleeves. Do not wear:
- A scarf, which can get caught in moving parts of your vehicle or in branches and bushes
- A bubble-type face guard, which may frost up
U.S. Customary Wind Chill Chart
|Estimated Wind Speed in MPH||Actual Thermometer Reading (˚F)|
|Equivalent Temperature (˚F)|
|(Wind speeds greater than 40 mph have little additional effect)||LITTLE DANGER* (for properly clothed person)||INCREASED DANGER* (for properly clothed person)||GREAT DANGER*|
|*DANGER FROM FREEZING OF EXPOSED FLESH|
Cold Weather Riding
In cold weather, clothing that works well for snowmobile riders is also ideal for most ORV enthusiasts.
Clothing should fit snugly and still be comfortable.
Clothing that's too loose can snag on your vehicle, twigs, and branches.