Safe Riding

There’s no denying how much fun ATVs and side-by-sides are, but it’s your responsibility to never get carried away or deliberately risk injury to yourself or others. The good news is, it’s pretty easy to stay safe.

Safety Tips for Riders 16+

Safety Tips for Riders 10+

Key Considerations to Off Road Vehicle Safety

age & Size

With the exception of the 90, off-road vehicles are meant for operators age 16 years and older with a valid driver's license. Only ride an ATV that is right for your age.

gear

For your safety, always wear a helmet, eye protection and protective clothing. Always wear a seat belt on side-by-sides.

sober operation

Avoid any substances that impair your awareness and motor skills while operating your ATV or SXS.

off road only

Never ride on paved surfaces or public roads. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV.

Perform a Pre-Ride Inspection

Tire Condition

Are your tires inflated to appropriate pressure? Use a low-pressure gauge to assess pressure. Do you notice cuts, gouges or leaks?

Wheels

Rock front and rear wheels to check for loose axle nuts and bad bearings. Are cotter pins secure? 

brakes

Are your vehicle's brakes responding properly? Do they feel and sound like they are in good condition?

Throttle

Is the throttle working properly with the handlbars in any position? Are cables and controls in good condition?

Shifter

Is your ATV's foot shifter attached correctly and positioned appropriately?

Lights

Are your tires inflated to appropriate pressure? Use a low-pressure gauge to assess pressure. Do you notice cuts, gouges or leaks?

Oil Level

Rock front and rear wheels to check for loose axle nuts and bad bearings. Are cotter pins secure? 

Driveshaft & Chassis

Check your driveshaft and chassis for loose part and debris. Do you notice any damage or wear?

Fuel Level

Check that your fuel level is topped off, or above what you would expect to need for your trip.  

Protective Gear & Field Kit

Are you wearing appropriate attire and protective gear? Do you have a tool kit and first aid stashed?

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In-person Training & Safety Resources

We recommend that all riders take a training course, and that they read and understand their owner’s manual before operation. Training opportunities and additional information is available from industry safety institutions, and by talking to your dealer.

Click the following links for more information regarding in-person and/or online courses:
ATV Safety Institute – 800.887.2887 (U.S.)
Canada Safety Council – 613-739-1535 (Canada)
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association – 949-255-2560

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