ATV Safety What You Should Know Before Riding

October 8 2022 / Uncategorized

Keep Your ATV Adventures Safe

Unique among motor sports, driving all-terrain vehicles in MN combines an exhilarating workout with a
test of maneuvering skills and a hearty dose of adrenaline. Fun as it is though, it can be a risky activity.
So, take a systematic approach to keeping things safe before, during and after your outings.

Before You Go

Take a Course
Formal hands-on training courses cover how to control ATVs in commonplace situations. The
ATV Safety Institute typically offers its ATV RiderCourse free to anyone who buys a new
qualifying machine from an institute member. Call 1-800-887-2887 or visit for class

Dress for Success
A motorcycle or other motorized sports helmet, certified by the U.S. Department of
Transportation, is a must. You’ll also want to suit up with over-the-ankle boots and long pants, a
long-sleeved shirt, goggles and gloves.

Remember Insurance
Riding on state-owned land? Many states require ATV insurance, which offers coverage options
similar to what’s available for motorcycles – liability, comprehensive, collision, safety apparel
replacement, roadside assistance and more.

During the Ride

Don’t Share the Seat
You’ll want to be free to shift your weight according to the terrain and the situation. Passengers
make it difficult – and dangerous.

Stay Off the Road
ATVs simply aren’t street-legal machines, at least not in most states. The solid rear axle with no
differential means they can be hard to handle on pavement.

Let Kids Be Kids
Children should never be allowed to drive or ride on an adult ATV. Someone under 16 on an adult ATV is twice as likely to sustain an injury as a child riding a youth ATV, according to

After the Outing

Wait to Celebrate
This is when you get to unwind with a cold one, not before. You need sharp reaction time and
judgment, so don’t ever drive ATVs under the influence of alcohol or drugs.