ATVs have operator age limitations—
Observe them.

  • Keep an ATV well-maintained and do a safety inspection each time it is used.

  • Use protective gear—a motorcycle helmet and a pair of glasses, goggles or face shield, all of which will help reduce the risk of injury as well as keep dust and debris out of your eyes.

  • Fit the ATV to the job—bigger and faster is not always better. A smaller machine is easier to move by hand if necessary (e.g. if you become stuck or flip the ATV).

  • Always lean your body uphill to prevent tipping and flipping. Don’t be afraid to stand up and really lean into the hill.

  • Be extra careful if you have a load on the front or the back of the machine.

  • Before dismounting stop ATV completely (preferably on a level surface), set brake, and shift into park.

  • Even if you know your property well, keep an eye out for new environmental hazards like rocks, logs, sinkholes, ice patches, etc.

  • Get hands-on training from a Licensed ATV Safety Institute Trainer (
Farm and Ranch ATV Safety