ATVs are not toys! They are powerful and potentially dangerous vehicles. Learn the hazards and how to be safe.
This CPSC PSA urges riders to keep ATVs off roads. Read the full news release for more information.
This infographic shows the reported number of ATV-related deaths by year, the top 10 states where people die on ATVs and other death and injury statistics. It also gives tips for safe riding.
See how many ATV-related deaths have occurred in your state. Follow and share these rules of the trail to make safety a part of the plan for every ride and help reduce ATV-related deaths and injuries where you live:
- Do not drive ATVs on paved roads.
- Do not allow a child under 16 to drive or ride an adult ATV.
- Do not drive ATVs with a passenger or ride as a passenger.
- Always wear a helmet and other protective gear such as eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.
- Take a hands-on safety training course.
CPSC Safety Alerts and Neighborhood Safety Network posters are not available to order. If you would like to use these safety publications, they are free to download and print.
All ATV drivers, children and adults, should take a hands-on ATV safety course from a qualified instructor. Hands-on training can give first-time riders — and experienced riders — the skills to handle many of the unpredictable riding situations that can happen in off-road conditions. Courses are offered by the ATV Safety Institute. Riders can also check with the National 4-H Council, local ATV rider groups, state agencies and some ATV manufacturers.
Always wear a motorcycle or motorsports helmet certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and/or the Snell Memorial Foundation (Snell) when operating or riding an ATV. Riders should also wear goggles, gloves, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and over-the-ankle boots to protect them from things like rocks and small tree limbs.
Children younger than 6 years of age should never be on an ATV even as a passenger. Never have more people on an ATV than it was designed to carry. If there is only one seat and one set of foot pegs, it is a singlerider ATV and only the driver should be on it. An overloaded ATV could prevent the driver from maintaining control of the vehicle.
Children younger than 16 should never ride adult ATVs. Most riders younger than 16 lack the skills needed to maneuver the faster, more powerful adult ATVs. Riders younger than 16 should ride an age-appropriate youth model ATV with a speed limiter. Before you hop on, check the ATV for the label that shows the recommended age for that model.
ATVs are designed to be driven only on off-road terrian not paved surfaces.