The California Off-Road Vehicle Association is holding its 2014 annual meeting at the Historic Santa Maria Inn in Maria, California. The meeting is open to both members and non-members.
CORVA is comprised of a group of outdoor enthusiasts who look to promote positive aspects of vehicular access to public lands.
“The group is composed of many owners of street legal and ‘Green Sticker’ vehicles such as ATV’s, motorcycles, 3-wheelers, trail bikes and dune buggies, as well as 4X4 vehicles, dual sport motorcycles, bajas and desert racers,” read CORVA’s website. “Plus many others that use access for - hunting, rockhounding, bird watching, fishing and others activities.”
The association will discuss best practices for off-roading at its annual meeting and ways to promote these activities. CORVA looks to educate event-goers on the constantly changing rules and regulations associated with taking vehicles off road as well as provide the strategies necessary to help keep trails pristine for these activities.
“We are active at all levels of the land management public process with both the BLM (the Bureau of Land Management) and the USFS (United States Forest Service),” CORVA’s website read. “We do this by commenting on environmental documents on as many issues as possible and maintaining close relationships with personnel in the field as well as the staff.”
Tips for heading off road
Taking a vehicle down a dirt trail is thrilling. However, when it comes to ensuring all passengers are safe and the vehicle doesn’t get damaged, it’s a good idea to follow some advice.
- Don’t go alone: First rule of off-roading is to go with a friend. Not only does having a companion make a trip more enjoyable, but it also makes it safer. For those who choose to off-road in multiple vehicles, having two-way radios is ideal for keeping in touch and navigating terrain.
- Know how to get a vehicle unstuck: Getting stuck in the mud is likely going to happen at least once or twice for the avid off-roader. The best bet of for getting out of the mud is not to gun it and go full throttle, but rather slowly accelerate while turning the wheel. If possible, keeping a small bag of sand in a vehicle can help riders get the traction they need to free their vehicles.
- Be prepared: Those heading off road are encouraged to pack survival supplies and security products. A GPS, first-aid kit and cell phone are essential to have when heading on any outdoor trip. A lockbox is something riders shouldn’t go without either, as it will keep gear and supplies safe no matter what.