Quiz: Driving an Off-road vehicle

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Unless operating an off-road vehicle on the private property of the owner of the vehicle, a helmet is…?
Compulsory
Recommended
Compulsory for anyone aged under 16
Unnecessary

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Where an ATV is allowed on the road, it must not exceed what speed in any area where the posted speed limit is over 50 km/h?
50 km/h
40 km/h
30 km/h
70 km/h

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ATV drivers should keep their feet on the foot rests…?
At all times
Except when cornering
Except when stabilising the vehicle
Except when riding in sand dunes

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An ATV may be driven on the shoulder of some parts of Ontario’s provincial highways if it is no wider than…?
1.35 m
2.35 m
1.85 m
1.05 m

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Off-road vehicles may be driven in Ontario by anyone aged…?
12+
10+
14+
16+

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Off-road drivers should drive through water…?
Slowly and cautiously
As quickly as possible
As if it wasn’t there
Standing up on the foot rests

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When driving off-road vehicles through hills or dunes, your vehicle must have what to identify you to other people using the area?
A flag mast
An air horn
A loudspeaker
Any of these

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The laws in Ontario related to drink and drug driving…?
Apply to off-road and ATV driving in exactly the same way
Do not apply to off-road and ATV driving
Are not usually applied to off-road and ATV driving
Have no relevance to off-road and ATV driving

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In any collision involving an off-road vehicle on the public highway, the police must be informed if any person is injured or there is property damage in excess of…?
$2000
$1000
$3000
$4000

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Where an ATV is allowed on the road, it must not exceed what speed in any area where the posted speed limit is 50 km/h or lower?
20 km/h
10 km/h
30 km/h
40 km/h

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What You Need To Know Before Driving Off-Road

Driving off-road is one of the least expensive hobbies in the automotive sector because the only functioning requirement you need is a 4-wheel drive. While off road driving is fun, there are things that you should know before driving in the wild.

However, let’s assume that you have done a bit of homework by connecting to like-minded people through online forums. You took the basic gear, installed a radio, a tow strap, a spare tire, and a decent jack. Apart from that, you have found people to join you. That’s because the first rule is not to go alone.

The trip becomes enjoyable if you have a great company, especially if they are experienced. If you have done all of them, it’s time to hit the road. Here is what you should know to make your off road driving safe and enjoyable.

Stay easy on tracks

Slow and steady is the approach that you should take while going through the woods. It is unwise to get impressed by the maneuvers that you see in movies. Navigating through the obstacles gets better when you are smooth with the steering, brakes, and throttle. However, engage with the throttle when you feel the need like approaching a steep climb.

Off-Road VehicleFighting isn’t going to help

Try to hold the steering firmly but avoid a death grip. Allow the steering wheel to move in your hands while the front wheels react to the bumps and rocks. Next, steer smoothly after you clear them. And, the same thing goes for your body as well. Allow your body to move with the vehicle’s motion instead of fighting it.

Anticipate in advance

Plan your swing and turns without leaving the trail. Try to avoid backing up because you may get stuck or force others to halt in a bad place. Besides, when maneuvering through mud, logs, streams, or other dicey situations, keep on moving without stopping. As such, it reduces your chances of getting stuck. Always watch out for firmer ground.

Maintain enough room

Tailgating isn’t a good idea, especially when it is about off road driving. You can fall into trouble if you follow the vehicle ahead of you. As a result, it will be tough to get both of you out when stuck. So, watch out for the vehicle in front of you and decide whether or not it is the best line.

Make good use of the side windows

Sharp angles, climbs, and steep descents make it difficult for you to see what lies ahead through the front windshield. However, if you look out through a side window, it helps you broaden your view scope. As such, you can have a clear picture of what’s around you. Moreover, you can keep an eye on the horizon and pay attention to other things that allow you to stay right on course.

Communication is a must

Invest in a 2-way communication radio and know how to use it to its full potential. It is wise to have one in every group so that they can advise fellow riders and make them aware of tricky spots or obstacles.

As such, the vehicle approaching next will proceed with caution. Never forget that large rocks or abrupt rises don’t allow you to see the vehicle behind or ahead of you. That way, you can’t proceed safely.

Clear the clutter inside your vehicle

You may have heard stories about how a small umbrella could become the cause of death in a futile crash if not stacked in the right place inside a vehicle. And, it is true especially if you are off road driving. Therefore, don’t forget the stuff that is inside your vehicle.

Keep in your mind that a water bottle tucked under a seat won’t favor you if it comes out and is stuck near the brake pedals while you are on a steep decline. The results could be devastating. Hence, clean your rig before hitting the road. And, bring stuff that you need most and keep everything secure inside a closure or something.

When in doubt, don’t forget to check it out

Safety is an integral part of off road driving and no one should avoid that at any cost. It is unwise to assume that a trail will go in a single direction only. Some trails could be dangerous and challenging for people who aren’t familiar with the trail markings. So, get out of your vehicle sometimes to inspect potential drops or major obstacles ahead.