ATV/UTV RENTAL AGREEMENT continued
GENERAL RUL S OF OPERATION and SAFETY
- Only adult riders who have signed the Rental Agreement and Waiver of Liability (“Agreement”) or a minor whose parent or guardian has signed the Agreement on their behalf, shall operate any ATV/UTV, or other rental vehicle or equipment.
- A helmet must be worn at all times while operating an ATV/UTV. Goggles and a helmet are included in your rental fee. However, wearing additional gear such as long pants, long sleeve shirt or jacket, over the ankle boots, chest protectors, gloves, knee and elbow pads will greatly reduce risk of injury.
- Do not operate any ATV/UTV(s), or other vehicle or equipment, in any manner other than with both hands on the steering apparatus and sitting in the seat with arms and legs within the confines of the vehicle.
- Obey all posted signs. Do not ride faster than posted speed limits. Know and abide by Los Barriles rules as well as Baja California Sur rules for backcountry access. Do not ride out of designated areas; respect our Wilderness.
- Do not carry persons other than as originally mounted on or assigned to ride in the vehicle.
- Ride at your current skill level. Do not push your limit. Be careful.
- Do not ride in saltwater. It corrodes the undercarriage. Failure to follow this rule will result in a $100 US cleaning fee.
- Do not participate in any race or contest involving other ATV/UTV(s) or any other vehicle.
- Do not tow other ATV/UTV(s) or any other vehicle nor allow them to tow you and your rental ATV/UTV(s).
- No alcohol or drug possession or consumption before or during use while in possession of rented ATV/UTV(s) or other vehicle/equipment.
- Be aware of other riders and vehicles.
- Do not park and leave vehicle or equipment unattended.
- In case of breakdown, call our office at 624-142-8945 or 624-125-2926. Additional rental time will be allocated for time lost due to a breakdown.
- Anyone not following these rules or those of the City of Los Barriles, caught speeding or riding without a helmet, will be asked to return the ATV/UTV(s) and the remainder of their rental will be forfeited.
- Vehicles are to be returned on time or additional fees will be charged.
- There are no refunds for early returns.
- There are no refunds for inclement weather.
Respect the Outdoors compiled from ATV Institute
Awareness of environmental concerns has been growing for decades. It has affected how we relate to the outdoors. It affects those of us who use off-road vehicles, and it affects those of us who manufacture and sell off-road vehicles. We all have a stake in safe, responsible riding and land use.
To keep riding areas open requires good relationships between public land managers, private land owners and others who share the land such as riders, campers and hikers. In most cases common courtesy and consideration of their interests is all that is necessary to ensure that everyone can enjoy the area. Here are a few tips to consider when you ride:
- Learn about the area you will ride in. Contact the public land manager or private property owner to ensure that you understand area restrictions and have permission to ride there. Get maps of the area and stay on trails if they are provided.
- Keep your ATV/UTV(s) quiet. ATV/UTV(s) are designed to be relatively quiet while still delivering maximum performance, smooth engine torque and spark suppression. Excessive noise stresses wildlife and annoys property owners and other recreation users. It also contributes to your own riding fatigue. Less noise means you can ride farther more comfortably.
- Obey trail markers and closure signs. There are many reasons why an area may be closed to ATV/UTV(s) including the existence of fire hazard, refuge to wildlife or plant life and safety hazards for ATV/UTV riders. The reasons may not be obvious. If it is posted as closed, stay out.
Always leave gates and fences the way you found them. This is especially important on private lands where livestock may be kept.
- Leave the area as clean as you found it. If you see litter, pick it up and carry it out on your ATV/UTV. Carry a rolled-up plastic trash bag and a couple of bungee cords on your ATV. Why not leave the area cleaner than you found it?
- Be courteous to others you may meet on the trail. Always give right-of-way to hikers and horseback riders. Pull off the trail and stop your engine for horses. The rider will likely talk soothingly to the horse. It doesn't hurt for you to do the same to assure the horse you are no threat. Horses respond very positively to a calm, human voice.
- Approach livestock or wildlife on the trail slowly. In some parts of the country, range cattle pass the afternoon under shade trees along a trail. If you startle them, they may run directly into your path. Give them time to react and give them as wide a berth as possible.
- Whenever you talk to a landowner, take your helmet off. The helmet can make you appear to be intimidating and unfriendly. Be friendly and honest in all your discussions with the landowner as you are there as their guest.