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Comparing ATV and a car traveling on designated roads

ATVs are designed exclusively 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 ATV rider fatalities. If you must cross a road, consider the legal operation of an ATV and follow this safe procedure:

  • 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.
  • Drive forward slowly because your ATV may be difficult to maneuver on pavement.
  • Drive straight across the road.
  • When crossing in a group, have one rider dismount and act as a crossing guard until everyone else has passed safely.
  • Stand up to give yourself maximum visibility.
  • Remember that approaching automobile drivers are not expecting, or looking for, ATV riders.