Skip to main content

Course Outline

Skip audio player

Riding through rivers, streams, lakes, and wetlands is illegal, causes environmental damage, and hurts fish and wildlife. You will, however, encounter puddles or low-water crossings on trails. When you do, follow these guidelines.

  • Determine the depth of the water before you cross.
  • Keep your feet firmly on the footrests, which may become slippery.
  • Drive through the water at a slow, steady speed so that you can spot and avoid submerged obstacles and slippery rocks.
  • Stay alert for obstacles above the water.
  • Avoid driving across water at high speeds since this may cause you to hydroplane, lose steering control, and roll over.
  • Do not drive into water that is deeper than the maximum depth specified in your owner’s manual.
  • Avoid spinning your wheels, which disrupts streambeds and erodes banks.
  • Test your brakes once you’re on dry land.
  • If you have four-wheel drive, make certain that it’s engaged in low gear.
ATVs riding toward creek
  • Unit 4 of 8
  • Topic 1 of 4
  • Page 2 of 7