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ATV safety

Safe ATV riding   

Like any activity involving a machine or motorized vehicle, riding an ATV can be risky. To help stay safe, follow common sense safety tips. A smart rider is a safe rider.

Here are some smart riding tips:  

Take a training course and learn how to safely control the ATV that you are riding.

Wear protective gear, including an approved helmet, over the ankle boots, eye and hand protection as well as long pants and a long sleeved shirt. A chest protector is also highly recommended. Make sure your helmet is safely buckled.

  • Always ride with a buddy, never ride alone, and be sure to tell a responsible person where you are going and when you plan on returning.
  • Ride only on property where you have the landowner’s permission to do so.   
  • Always ride sober. Never ride after consuming alcohol or drugs.
  • Only one rider per vehicle unless your ATV is designed for passengers.
  • Riding along any road is not permitted in Oxford County.
  • Only valid  licensed  riders are permitted to ride directly across the road.
  • Read owner’s manual.
  • Always keep feet firmly on footrests.
  • Ease off throttle when entering corners.
  • Shift body weight on to the turn. Move forward in the seat when climbing hills and maintain steady speed.

Brought to you by:

Oxford County Injury Prevention Team and the Government of Ontario.


Click here for a Guide to Safe ATV Riding.