ATV SAFETY GUIDE
SMART RIDE SAFE RIDE
TIPS FOR USING AN ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE (ATV)
Blazing the trails on all-terrain vehicle (ATV) can easily give you that outdoor thrill you desire. Make no mistake—ATVs are big and powerful, with some serious muscle reaching speeds of 105 km/hour and weighing up to 800 pounds.
The safety of cars we drive in everyday offer us a shield of protection in the form of seatbelts, windows and doors; whereas the lack thereof—and pure openness of an ATV provides both the reward and the risk.
Wear the right gear: certified helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves.
Stay off paved roads, unless you’re crossing one and it’s permitted by law; only ride on designated trails. ATVs aren’t meant for highways and streets.
Don’t drink or use drugs and ride an ATV. And get rid of any other driver distractions. And put away other distractions like your cell phone. Save the selfies for when you’re safely stopped and out of the way.
Always keep both hands and both feet on the ATV. Keep your feet firmly planted on the foot pegs and don’t let them dangle to the sides.
So, whether you’re riding alone, with your family exercise caution before you trek off-road.
Both novices and pro riders should observe these tips for safely using an ATV.
What you need to know to operate an ATV
All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are popular year-round vehicles.
Before riding, it is important to be aware of safety precautions.
The Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs takes ATV safety very seriously and works very closely with the Canadian AQCC Safety Institute (CASI) to provide driver training throughout Ontario. CASI is a division of the All Terrain Quad Council of Canada (AQCC). The Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs is the provincially recognized body that sits on the AQCC Board of Directors.
Driver must wear an DOT approved helmet securely fastened under the chin by the chin strap.
Driver must be at least 19 years of age.
Be a Responsible Rider
• Ride according to trail and weather conditions descending hills and when crossing obstacles
• Use extreme caution when turning, crossing, climbing and ride in designated areas only.
• Ride at a safe speed. Excessive speed is dangerous. Be able to stop within the distance you can see.
• Go slowly to maintain control when going downhill.
ATV Safety Online
This guide outlines the legal requirements for ATVs and promotes safe and responsible riding practices.
For more information on legal requirements, go to the Off-Road Vehicles Act (ORVA) and the HighwayTraffic Act (HTA) by visiting: ontario.ca/laws