While temperatures across the state are warming, some mountain areas still have snow, limiting off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding areas.
OHV use in wet snow and mud damage resources and can lead to scarring of trails and hillsides.
OHV managers remind riders to use good judgment and consider riding alternatives.
Off-Highway Vehicle Education Specialist Eric Stucki reminds parents that now is a good time to register their child for an OHV education course. The Know Before You Go! training course is required by Utah law.
These classes allow drivers eight through 16 to legally operate OHVs.
Drivers 16 years and older must have a valid driver's license or OHV education certificate.
Remember, children under age eight cannot operate an OHV on public land.
Also, Utah law requires riders under 18 to wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet. However, officials encourage all riders to wear helmets. Education classes help prevent injuries by teaching young riders and their parents about safe riding, weight distribution, handling, shifting, speed, and riding within your ability. For registration materials or more information, call the OHV Information Center at 1-800-OHV-RIDE or 1-800-648-7433 from outside the Salt Lake area or 538-RIDE.