A Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle (ROV, also known as a “side-by-side”) is a specific type of Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV). Like all UTVs, it is designed to be used off-highways, it has a steering wheel for steering control, and non-straddle seating for the operator and all occupants.  What differentiates the ROV from other UTVs, is that it has a maximum speed greater than 30 miles per hour and the engine size is less than 1000cc.

ROV  safety training will enhance your understanding of ROV and UTV operation and safe driving techniques. When you know and understand the safe driving techniques of ROV usage, you can utilize the training to avoid hazards. Driving safely requires you to take responsibility for your own actions, the riding environment, and the operation of the ROV. Look at ROV operations as an activity requiring the interaction of three things: personal ability, ROV capabilities, and environmental or terrain conditions.

Frequently asked questions:

How much will the ROV safety training course cost?

Training is free in most cases. Money from the OHMVR Trust Fund have been dedicated through a contract with Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA) and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) to assist in developing safe operating habits and proper trail etiquette.

Where and when are ROV safety training courses offered?

What curriculum is covered in the ROV safety training course?

The half-day class is conducted by certified ROHVA DriverCoaches and offers drivers the opportunity to increase their understanding of basic ROV operation and safety driving techniques in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of a certified DriverCoach.

Students practice safe riding techniques with hands-on exercises:

  • Starting and stopping
  • Turning (both gradual and quick)
  • Negotiating hills
  • Quick stops and swerving
  • Riding over obstacles

The course also covers:

  • Pre-ride inspections
  • Recommended protective gear (DOT approved helmets, gloves, goggles, long pants, long-sleeve shirts or jackets, etc.)
  • Environmental concerns
  • Local laws

Each successful student receives a ROHVA Student Performance Evaluation Format the end of the class.  The Completion Card gets emailed to the students from the DriverCoach after the class paperwork is processed.

Do I have to bring my own ROV?

  • In most cases, you must bring your own ROV.
  • Loaner ROVs or UTVs may be available at the training site. You must contact ROHVA in advance to make arrangements for loaners.

What are the guidelines for age and size to participate in ROV Safety Training?

Class participants must be at least 16 years of age AND have a valid driver’s license.

For More Information...

Additional information is available on the ROHVA Website.