All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety
An All-Terrain-Vehicle (ATV) is an Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) that:
The following are not considered ATVs, but instead, types of ORVs:
- passenger designed ATVs (also known as a two-up);
- side-by-sides (SxS);
- utility terrain vehicle (UTV);
- dune buggies;
- off-road dirt bikes, etc.
- It is always a good idea to wear a helmet when operating your ATV. On premises other than property owned by the vehicle owner, a helmet must be worn. Drivers should ensure their helmet meets the standards of the Highway Traffic Act, e.g. helmets certified by DOT, SNELL, or other agencies that meet the standards.
- Take a course to learn proper ATV operation. Visit the Canada Safety Council for a list of available courses.
- Read your owner’s manual before operating your ATV and be sure to follow safe operating procedures.
- No alcohol or drugs should be consumed while operating an ATV.
- Do not operate an ATV at excessive speeds. Choose appropriate speeds based on the terrain, visibility, conditions and your experience.
- While operating your ATV, wear appropriate protective clothing.
To learn more about ATVs, including registration, operation on public roads, driver requirements, and insurance, have a look at our pamphlet (PDF). You can also access the pamphlet in a printable format.
LOCAL ATV CLUBS
Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs
Ottawa Valley ATV Club
Nation Valley ATV Club
Johnstown ATV Club
ATV Club of Eastern Ontario
OTHER USEFUL LINKS
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Off-Road Vehicles Act
Highway Traffic Act
Canada Safety Council
Eastern Ontario Trail Alliance