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What you need to know to operate an ATV

All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)  are popular year-round.

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 DOT approved helmet securely fastened under the chin by the chin strap.

Driver must be at least 18 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.


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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 Highway Traffic Act (HTA) by visiting:


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.

  1. Wear the right gear.

  2. 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.

  3. Don’t drink or use drugs and ride an ATV. 

  4. Put away other distractions like your cell phone. Save the selfies for when you’re safely stopped and out of the way.

  5. 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. 

Both novices and pro riders should observe these tips for safely using an ATV.

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