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ATV Rider Tips for Off-Road Safety Month

Jun 10, 2024

The Canada Safety Council is pleased to mark Off-Road Safety Month, a nationwide initiative held in June aimed at promoting the safe and responsible use of off-road vehicles including All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs).

With the summer season having arrived and outdoor activities on the rise, it is vital for riders of all ages to prioritize safety while enjoying off-road adventures.

Equipping ourselves with the proper knowledge, wearing the right protective gear, and respecting the terrain significantly reduces the risk of incidents. A safe ride is an enjoyable ride. Let’s prioritize safety and make every off-road adventure a memorable one for the right reasons.

Jackie Barbe

National Manager, Vehicle Programs, Canada Safety Council

The Canada Safety Council is committed to reducing the number of ATV-related incidents and injuries through education and awareness.

We encourage all ATV enthusiasts to embrace these safety practices and to share them with friends and family.

Moto Canada, the driving force behind the nation’s passion for powersports, champions Canadians’ freedom to ride both on and off-road.

According to Moto Canada’s latest Economic Impact Study, Canadians’ love for off-road vehicles is stronger than ever, with over 1.35 million enthusiasts hitting the trails.


We’re seeing more families enjoying off-road adventures together. With this record number of participants, safety education is more important than ever. Injuries are preventable, and personal responsibility for safety is key to ensuring everyone has a great time.

Landon French

CEO and President, Moto Canada

Moto Canada believes that by following these key safety tips, riders can look forward to a wonderful and safe season of off-road fun.

To help ensure the well-being of riders, the Canada Safety Council is offering the following safety tips:

1. Wear Proper Protective Gear

Always wear a DOT-approved helmet, goggles, gloves, long sleeves, long pants, and over-the-ankle boots to protect against injuries. High-visibility clothing is also recommended to enhance visibility to others.

2. Take an ATV Safety Course

Enroll in an ATV safety course to learn the basics of operation, handling, and emergency responses. Courses provide valuable hands-on experience under the guidance of certified instructors.

3. Conduct Pre-Ride Inspections

Before heading out, inspect your ATV to ensure it is in good working condition. Check the tires, brakes, lights, and throttle to confirm everything is functioning correctly.

4. Know Your Limits

Operate your ATV at a speed that is appropriate for your skill level and the terrain. Avoid stunts, wheelies, and other risky maneuvers that could result in loss of control.

5. Supervise Young Riders

Ensure that children and teenagers are riding age-appropriate ATVs and are supervised by responsible adults. Youth-sized ATVs are designed with their safety in mind and are essential for preventing incidents.

6. Stick to Designated Trails

Ride only on designated ATV trails and avoid paved roads, which are not suitable for ATVs. Respect private property and adhere to local laws and regulations.

For more information on ATV safety and to find a local ATV safety course, please

click here or contact us at 613-739-1535.

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For more information, please contact:
Lewis Smith
Manager, National Projects, Canada Safety Council