According to the California State Parks Department of Off-Highway Motor-Vehicles, below you will find some useful and informative tips for staying safe while having a memorable ride on the Oceano Dunes.
Pack the right equipment:
Pack or rent a Department of Transportation certified helmet, goggles, long sleeves, over-the-ankle-boots, pants, gloves, and a neck brace. It is required that each rider is able to reach and safely operate all the controls on the OHV, so make sure you get a feel for your vehicle before departing for the dunes.
Wearing polarized sunglasses can help reduce the effects of bright sunlight and provide you with a clearer view of the terrain.
Wearing earplugs or listening to loud music can hinder your ability to hear oncoming OHVs or communicate with other riders.
Hydrate and apply sunscreen.
Become familiar with the sport, especially the rules and safety precautions:
Ensure that your whip and flag is attached and easily visible on your OHV.
Oceano Dunes SVRA enforces a speed limit of 15mph along the beach, shoreline and near campsites.
Be aware of weather changes such as fog, light fluctuations and winds.
If you aren’t sure what safe riding in those conditions looks like, ask a Ranger.
Pause and plan your route:
Take a break periodically to survey the area and get a feel for possible routes that are open and safe for you to ride along.
During this break, check-in with yourself to make sure you are staying hydrated and reapplying sunscreen.
Use a spotter and asses your route before making a jump.
Always supervise younger riders.
Approach the tops of ridges at an angle to see if it is clear and safe to continue.
Sound your horn when driving up a dune to alert other potential nearby drivers of your presence.
Notify a Ranger of any dangerous areas on the dunes that could put riders in harm.
Never get on an OHV if you have been drinking or are under the influence of drugs.
If you see any dangerous zones on the dunes, notify a Ranger immediately and steer clear of the area.
Avoid driving over wet sand, vegetation and always remain within the marked area for riding.
It is always a good idea to do a slow-paced ride through the dunes to look for any dangerous slopes before starting your adventure.