There are a lot of factors you should take into account if you want to ride your ATV in city limits. These include safety, the laws in your state and how to best equip your vehicle.
ORV riding laws vary by state
When it comes to ATV and off road vehicles, there are many state and local laws. These laws differ greatly depending on where you live. It is a good idea to learn the rules before you hitch a trailer and set off on a fun ride.
The first thing to know is that you cannot ride your ATV on public highways. You can only ride it on your private property or on public land that is opened for off road vehicle use. There are some exceptions, such as law enforcement officers and ranchers.
In order to use your off road vehicle on a state or federally opened trail, you must get the appropriate permit. Some states require you to complete a state-approved safety course. If you own a UTV, you must also have a valid driver’s license and carry proof of liability insurance.
The most important thing to remember is that you must obey the laws in your jurisdiction. Check with your state or county to find out the specifics.
Observe county and town speed limits
When you’re riding 4-wheelers in city limits, it is important to be aware of county and town speed limits. Speed limits are posted on many arterial roadways. In many cases, the maximum speed limit is 45 mph. However, there are exceptions. There are some rural two-lane roads with a 55 mph limit.
New Mexico speed limits are sometimes changed, especially near schools and freeways. These changes are based on traffic engineering surveys and analysis of the roadway conditions. The results of these studies help the State Traffic Commission determine the proper speed limit for a particular road.
The law sets the minimum and maximum speed limit for residential districts, business districts and school zones. This is based on a survey of the number of vehicle accidents and the road geometry. If an excessive speed was a factor in an accident, the driver will receive a fine.
On urban and suburban freeways, the limit is usually 65 mph. Some primary two-lane highways have 60 mph limits. Typically, this limit is not posted on four-lane highways.
Properly equip your ATV
If you plan to ride ATVs in the city limits, you must obey the laws. Otherwise, you may find yourself in trouble. In addition to the obvious penalties, you can also end up spending time doing community service.
In general, the law says that an ATV with a displacement of less than 90 cubic centimeters must have a front and rear light. The front light must be strong enough to be seen at a distance of 150 feet. It’s not required that the rear light be as strong.
In addition, an ATV must be equipped with a spark arrestor or muffler. This device prevents annoying smoke from escaping. You must also have a brake, which is considered a basic requirement for all vehicles.
An ATV may only be operated on public land unless authorized by the owner of the property. You cannot use the vehicle on railroad tracks or on state-owned land.
You must wear a helmet. However, the helmet must be approved by the USDOT.
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