How Can Off Highway Vehicle Training Help Save Your Life?

How can Off highway vehicle training help save your life? Learn how off the highway vehicle training can help you make better safety decisions. When you get training for off highway vehicles, such as an...

When you get training for off highway vehicles, such as an ATV, snowmobile, or three wheeler, then you know how it can help save your life. Our OHV training expert, Bill Uhl, who has more than 48 years teaching experience, he says a professional teacher can help students overcome obstacles never imagined.

"Have what you need for a survival situation. Number one, you need water. Then, you need shelter. Food is far down on the list; you only need to consider it after one week. Water is essential. You need it especially when you are dealing with heat. You even need it in wintertime. Most people don't want to drink it, because it is cold. However, if you don't, you will dehydrate. Your body will shut down," Uhl says.

Having the essentials in place is imperative in a life or death situation. Some other advice Uhl has is to get to know your machine.

"Learn to service your machine, whatever machine it is that you're on, with the tools that you carry on it, because they all have a little tool kit. As you work on your machine, you will find out the exact tools you need. You will develop a very small compact tool kit. It will help do everything you could possibly need to do on your machine out in the field. So you can fix all kinds of general things that may happen. Therefore, you don't have to know winter survival or summer survival in the desert, you fix your problem and you go on home, which is preferable. The last thing you want to have to do is call somebody for help, but if you really need it, never be embarrassed to do that," Uhl says.

Uhl has seen OHV training pay off. One of his students faced a challenge, but overcame it with confidence and skill.

"This young man took off in springtime for a ride, and there was not one cloud in the sky. In his protective gear, he placed a space blanket. He went out riding in the high desert and towards the end of the day, he dined in the canyon. All of a sudden he saw a purple black cloud roll over the top of this ridge. He was down at the bottom. In a couple of minutes, there was an absolute drench of down pour; the temperature dropped. He knew he had to do something because hyperthermia was starting to set in. So, thinking outside the box, he took the space blanket and stuffed it down into his pants and clothes. He started to ride, but then a fog came in. He couldn't see, but then, he had to make a decision whether to go around the mountain or over it. He finally committed to going over it, because he realized if he didn't he would freeze to death. And the shortest way back was over the top of the mountain. He started riding up through the cloud and up about a quarter mile into it, he ran into six inches of fresh snow that fell during the storm. In the end, because of his riding ability he was able to maneuver over the six inches of snow and came back to safety. He was able to ride another day," Uhl says.

This isn't the first kind of survival story Uhl has heard. Many students after taking an OHV training course are amazed how they could have gone so long without taking one. In the end, Uhl says just be safe. He says it's the most important advice he can give.

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