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ATV/UTV Safety – November 2022


October 31, 2022

ATV/UTV Safety

ATV Safety Basics

  • DOT‐complainant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over‐the‐ankle boots, and gloves
  • Never ride on the paved road except to cross when safe and permitted by law
  • Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs
  • Never carry passengers on a single‐rider ATV
  • Ride an age‐appropriate ATV
  • Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys
  • Ride only on designed trails and at safe speeds

UTV Safety Basics

  • Always keep legs and arms inside the vehicle
  • Drive slow and turn smooth to avoid overturn
  • Do not turn the vehicle in mid‐slope because of the increased risk of overturn
  • Use appropriate speed on rough terrain
  • Each passenger must ride in his/her seat
  • Do not haul passengers in the cargo area
  • Passengers must be tall enough to reach handhold while their backs are against the seat and feet are flat on floorboards
  • Be cautious backing up because of pedestrians
  • Ensure cargo/hauled materials are properly secured with attention to the center of gravity.


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