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ATV safety tips

Man and machine - a man on an ATV tackling a rocky hill out in the woods

Read our ATV safety tips below before your next off-road ride. Have fun and stay safe!

Think ahead

Ask your local dealer about the laws and regulations in your area. Do your best to preserve the areas where you ride, and be sure that you only ride where ATV vehicles are permitted. Read your owner's manual. Then make sure you take your manual, a small tool kit and essential spare parts with you whenever you ride.

Gear up

For optimum protection in case of an accident, always wear a DOT-approved motorcycle helmet, eye protection, a sturdy jacket, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves.


Find a safe place to practice braking, turning and improving your reaction time to help improve your skills and make you a better - and safer - rider.

Learn more

Improve your riding skills by taking a training course. Make sure your ATV is properly licensed or registered. Choose a vehicle that is appropriate for your age and ability.

Stay off paved roads

Remember that ATV vehicles are meant for operation off pavement and public roads. These surfaces may not only be illegal, but dangerous. Your ATV may be difficult to control on pavement, which could result in an accident.

Maintain control and stay sharp

Keep your speed right for the conditions and your experience. Be aware of current terrain, visibility and weather conditions, potential hazards or obstacles. Ride only when your senses are sharp. Never do drugs or drink and then ride.

Check it out

Be sure to check that your ATV vehicle is running properly before hitting the trail. Always check controls, lights, fuel and oil levels, switches, chain, driveshaft, tires and chassis before you head out. Follow the recommended service schedule for your ATV and be sure an authorized service provider makes all repairs.

Go it alone

Never carry a passenger on your ATV unless it is designed with an appropriate passenger seat. Additional weight can greatly affect the handling of your ATV and potentially cause loss of control. It's a good idea to take a buddy along, only on their own vehicle.

Know your protected with ATV Insurance

In addition to ATV safety, be sure you have proper ATV insurance coverage to protect your vehicle and provide liability coverage in case someone gets injured or property is damaged during the use of your vehicle. Learn more about coverage options for your ATV on our ATV insurance page, or find an agent.

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