OHVs Provide Opportunities for Those with Physical (or Other) Limitations to Get Outdoors
In 1987 NOHVCC Chairman of the Board of Directors Dan Kleen was injured in a diving accident. Before the accident, Dan was an avid motorcyclist (both on and off-highway). After his injuries led to him wrestling with his new status as an incomplete C-6 quadriplegic he was worried he would have to completely abandon the sport that he loves. Luckily, at the time ATVs and later the availability of ROVs (side-by-sides) provided him continued opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy motorized recreation.
Dan says “OHVs are great equalizers as there are not many other sports or recreational activities in which I can fully participate.”
But it is not just those who have a history of participation in powersports who can benefit from the opportunities OHVs provide. Dan knows a lady of 70 plus years of age with limited mobility who now gets to fully enjoy outdoor photography. She found that her motorized wheelchair restricted her ability to access the places she likes to visit to capture nature and wildlife with her camera. She now uses an ROV to help her get her shots!