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All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety

What is an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV)?

It is a motorized off-road vehicle that:

  • has 4 wheels in contact with the ground
  • is equipped with steering handlebars
  • has a seat made to be straddled by the driver
  • made for one driver and no passengers

Want to be Prepared and Drive Safe? If so:

  • Get trained to ride an ATV and learn how to keep yourself safe
  • Wear a properly fitted motorcycle  helmet
  • Wear protective gear such as long sleeved shirt and pants, leather gloves and proper footwear
  • Inspect your ATV to make sure everything is working
  • Be prepared for the unexpected – bring a tool kit, first aid kit, tow rope, flashlight, tire repair kit, high-energy food and cell phone
  • Know where you are going before you leave and take a map and GPS system
  • Ride with a partner
  • Let someone know where you are going and when you should return
  • Drive sober

Find out what you need to know to safely operate an ATV  by visiting the Ontario Ministry of Transportation web site.

Looking for resources to educate children about what they need to know before they head out on the trails on an ATV?  Check out the video or guide Safety Tips for Young Drivers.”  

Date of creation: February 28, 2013
Last modified on: February 28, 2013


1Smart Ride Safe Ride What you need to know to operate an ATV in Ontario.(2011) © Queens Printer for Ontario. Retrieved from