All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety

Ride safely on ATVs.All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are not toys.  An ATV can travel up to 60 miles an hour and may weigh close to 700 pounds. About one-third of all ATV-related deaths and injuries involve children. 

  • No child under the age of 16 should ride on an adult ATV.
  • Wearing safety equipment is important because an ATV can easily flip or turn over.   
  • A child should always wear a helmet while riding on an ATV.
    • Choose the right kind of helmet – use one that is designed for ATV use.
    • Do not use a bike helmet.
  • Never ride on an ATV as a passenger. Many ATVs are made for only one person to ride at a time.
  • Stay off of paved roads or uneven terrain.
  • Make sure you know your state’s laws regarding ATVs.

Last Updated 09/2012