ROHVA's Safety Rules for ROVs

The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) created a set of 'Golden Rules' which should be followed to keep you, your family, and your friends safe while driving Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs, also called side by sides or UTVs).  Always follow these safety rules.


Parents!  Remember you hold the keys to keep your children safe.  Keep the keys to all ROVs in a safe place.  Children under 16 years of age should not drive adult-sized ROVs.  Make sure you follow all of the safety rules as well so you set a good example.


ROV safety Rules (see the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association for more information)

  1. Always fasten your seat belt, wear a helmet and other protective gear and keep all parts of your body inside the ROV.
  2. Avoid paved surfaces. 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 or ride under the influence of alcohol or 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.
  8. Take a hands-on ROV Basic DriverCourseSM and the free online E-Course. Visit or call 866.267.2751

See the Getting Started in Riding pages for information regarding proper safety gear and anything you need to know regarding how to start riding OHVs.

NOHVCC asks for your assistance.  Please follow these rules and tips when you ride.  Also, spread the information regarding OHV safety, the importance of hands-on training, and these rules and tips far and wide.  The future of OHV recreation can’t be positive unless you are part of our future.