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Tips for the ATV Rider

If you are about to become the owner of an all-terrain vehicle, you can look forward to lots of fun and excitement. Your ATV can master many types of off-road conditions, but it's really only as capable as you are. Proper instruction and practice are important because ATVs handle differently from other vehicles such as motorcycles and cars.


Your helmet is the most important piece of protective gear for safe riding. A helmet can help prevent serious head injury. There are a few basic tips to keep in mind when selecting a helmet. Choose an approved helmet that needs or exceeds Standard D230 of the Canadian Standards Association. Your helmet should fit snugly and it should be securely fastened. Full face helmets help to protect your face as well as your head. Open face helmets are lighter and cooler and should be used with mouth protection. Eye protection should be used with both types of helmets.

Eye Protection

You should be able to see clearly in order to ride safely. An object such as a rock, branch or even a bug that hits you in the face can distract you. But if you are hit in the eyes, you can be blinded. Regular sunglasses do not provide protection on an ATV. A face shield or goggles will protect you.

They should be:
Free from scratches and shatterproof Securely fastened
Well ventilated to prevent fogging.


Good gloves will prevent your hands from getting sore and blistered, tired or cold, as well as offer protection in the event of a spill.

The most protective footwear is a pair of strong, over-the-calf boots with low heels to prevent your feet from slipping off the footrests. It is also important to protect your skin from scratches. A long-sleeved shirt or jersey and long pants are minimal requirements for rider protection. Off-road riding gear such as pants with knee-pads, jersey and chest/shoulder protector provide better protection.

Know the laws

The laws and regulations that control how and where you use your ATV are important. They help keep you out of trouble and keep the sport healthy by controlling less responsible riders.

Recreational Vehicle Theft Prevention

Every year the police are challenged with numerous thefts of recreational vehicles including ATVs and Snowmobiles. To prevent a theft of your machine try to store it indoors wherever possible. If you leave it outside then chain it or lock it to a stationary object using case hardened locks. If left on a trailer, then be sure to lock it up to the trailer and box the trailer in by another car.
Keep your machine in a well lit area, not in the dark. Temporarily disable your machine like taking the battery out or unplugging the ignition cable.

For more information call the Canadian ATV Distributors Council at
1-877-470-CATV or