Rules of the Off-road: The ATV Safety Institute’s “Golden Rules”

Published on Mon, 06/16/2014 - 2:35pm

ATVs are a blast when doing chores around the homestead or riding a favorite trail through the woods. But like most anything with an engine and wheels, things can go wrong quickly when the right precautions aren’t taken.

We enlisted the help of the ATV Safety Institute to bring you their “Golden Rules” of what to do before you throw a leg over an ATV and give it some gas.

1. Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.

2. Never ride on paved roads except to cross when done safely and permitted by law—another vehicle could hit you. ATVs are designed to be operated off-highway.

3. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.

5. Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.

6. Supervise riders younger than 16—ATVs are not toys.

7. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.

8. Take a hands-on ATV RiderCourse and the free online E-Course.

To learn more, visit  or call 800–887–2887.