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Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Interactive E-Course for ROV (Side by Sides and UTVs) Safety Online, interactive course helps develop safe driving habits.

 

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle online safety course available


 

The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) has launched the beta release of its new Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV also know as Side by Sides and UTVs) E-Course. The course is a free, interactive online safety course available on the ROHVA website at www.rohva.org.

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This e-course is the first formalized, educational resource for the growing community of ROV enthusiasts. The course reinforces driver responsibilities, identifying:

• Key risk factors associated with ROV operation

• Safe riding practices designed to reduce risk of injury

• The best resources for learning to operate particular vehicle models

Recreational Off-highway Vehicles (ROVs) are designed to travel on four or more non-highway tires, with a steering wheel, non-straddle seating, seat belts, occupant-protective structure, and an engine displacement up to 1,000cc. Sometimes referred to as side-by-sides or utility terrain vehicles (UTVs), current ROV models are designed with seats for a driver and one or more passengers and are used for a variety of outdoor recreational purposes as well as many work applications.

“ROHVA’s E-Course is an excellent resource for both new and experienced ROV drivers to learn how to safely operate their vehicles while enjoying the freedom of adventure they provide,” said Paul Vitrano, executive vice president of the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association. “The E-Course is intended to improve awareness about ROVs and inspire a safety-minded approach to off-highway recreation.”

The two-hour on-line safety course helps develop safe driving habits but is not a “learn to drive” course. Users can save their progress and stop at any time to pick up later where they left off. At the end of the course users have the option to take an ROV safety quiz to test their knowledge. To register for free, drivers can visit cbt.rohva.org.

ROV SAFETY RULES

As highlighted in the E-Course, ROHVA urges enthusiasts to follow the ROV Safety Rules to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and everyone else.

1. Always wear a helmet and other protective gear, use the seat belts, and keep all parts of your body inside the ROV.

2. Never drive on paved roads except to cross when done safely and permitted by law. ROVs are designed to be operated off-highway.

3. Drive only in designated areas, at a safe speed, and use care when turning and crossing slopes.

4. Never drive under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

5. Never drive an ROV unless you’re 16 or older and have a valid driver’s license. ROVs are not toys.

6. Never carry more passengers than the ROV is designed for, and never allow a passenger who is too small to sit in a passenger seat to ride in the ROV.

7. Read and follow the operator’s manual and warning labels.


 

The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association is a national industry organization that promotes the safe and responsible use of ROVs. ROHVA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop equipment, configuration and performance standards. Based in Irvine, Calif., the not-for-profit association is sponsored by Arctic Cat, BRP, Polaris and Yamaha. For more information visit www.rohva.org.

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