Obey These ATV Tips to Stay Safe

More than 200 serious ATV crashes occur each year in the state of Iowa, and the people injured required treatment at a trauma center. In fact, some of the children involved died due to their injuries.

That’s why ATV safety is important. After all, ATVs are not toys, and riders under the age of 16 should be supervised.

Furthermore, ATVs shouldn’t operate on paved roads, except to cross them appropriately. To be clear, ATVs should NOT be used on public roads, as they have a high center of gravity that makes it easy to roll over. After all, the tires on an ATV are made differently than car tires so they don’t grip and release the road surface.

Here are several more safety tips to keep in mind when you’re riding ATVs:

  • Every driver should wear the correct safety gear, including DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants and over the ankle boots and gloves
  • Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV and no more than one passenger on an ATV designed for two people. You should NEVER take anyone for a ride. Riding double is very dangerous due to the inability to properly shift weight when two or more people are on board.
  • Only ride on designated trails and at a safe speed
  • Get appropriate safety training before riding an ATV
  • Tell someone where you are going before you leave
  • Respect private property
  • Always obey the rules
  • Ride an ATV that is appropriate for your age
Age ATV Youth Label Typical Engine Size
 6 and older Y-6+ Less than 70cc 
 10 and older Y-10+  90cc or less 
12 and older  Y-12+  110cc or less 
 14 and older Greater than 110cc