Be Realistic, Not a Statistic

ATV Rider Safety

Ride Sober

ATV Safety
  • Refrain from using drugs or alcohol before and during the time you operate a motorized vehicle (including an ATV). It’s the law.

Wear the Gear

  • Always wear an approved motorcycle helmet and proper eye protection (protective goggles or face shield).

Slow Down

  • Obey speed limits. Travel a maximum of 20 km/h on roads with a limit of 50 km/h; a maximum of 50 km/h on roads with a limit of more than 50 km/h. Observe a 50 km/h speed limit while on trails on your ATV.

Be Realistic

  • Prevent kids under 16 from operating an adult-size ATV. They lack the strength and skills to do so.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for passengers. They can affect the stability and control of the off-road vehicle.

Be Prepared

  • Carry a safety kit that includes flares, flashlight, compass, blanket, first aid supplies, matches and a sounding device. Carry a cell phone and consider GPS equipment.

Train With an Expert

  • Take a rider training course from an expert. Good training will make you more skilled and confident on your ATV.

Check Your ATV

  • Do a safety check on your ATV before each ride. Check oil and gas levels, brakes, lights and winch.

Know the Laws

  • Carry your documents when you ride on roads. The law requires you to carry a valid vehicle registration, vehicle insurance and driver’s license (G2, M2 or higher.) An EOTA trail permit is also required on trails along with these documents. For permit purchase call: EOTA at 613-478-1444 or 1-877-889-8810 or visit
  • When riding on trails STAY ON THE TRAIL.
  • Have insurance coverage for the use of an ATV while off personal property.
  • Refer to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and contact the municipality where you plan to ride for information about ATVs on roadways.
  • Drive your ATV in the same direction as traffic on roads and as far to the right as possible. Wear an approved helmet. Passengers are not permitted on roadways and are not recommended on the trail system.