Top Safety Tips:
- Always wear a helmet and other protective gear. Your helmet should be DOT-compliant and protective gear should include goggles, long sleeves and pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves.
- Only ride in designated areas at a safe speed.
- Stay off public roads. ATVs are designed for off-road use only. Their off-road tires can have unpredictable interactions with public roads, both paved and unpaved. ATVs also have a narrow track, high center of gravity, and usually a solid axle or locked rear differential which makes loss of control and rollover more likely on roadways. If you need to cross a public road, make certain to do it safely.
- Never allow children younger than 16 to ride an adult ATV. Always ride an ATV that's designed for your age and ALWAYS supervise young riders.
- Don't allow more people on the ATV than it was designed to carry. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV and no more than one passenger on a machine designed for two people.
- Take hands-on training before riding. ATV safety courses are offered through the Iowa DNR and the ATV Safety Institute.
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
CPSC - ATV Safety Center
University of Iowa ATV Safety Program
ATV Safety Institute
4-H ATV Safety Program
Iowa DNR ATV Safety