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ATV Safety Tips

ATV riding in Wisconsin

When used safely and wisely, an all-terrain vehicle can provide a source of fun and family recreation as well as a useful tool for work and exploring the outdoors. When used unwisely by untrained, inexperienced operators, ATVs can be dangerous. It is the responsibility of all ATV operators to make the sport a safe one.

Safety tips

  • Never consume alcohol or drugs before or during ATV operation. Consuming alcohol or drugs is a factor in more than 40 percent of all ATV-related fatalities.
  • Wear your helmet! It could save your life.
  • Travel at a speed appropriate for the terrain, visibility conditions and your experience.
  • ATVs are designed for off-road use. Operate an ATV on designated trails which may include public roads. See the entire rules booklet [PDF] for further guidance and then check with your local officials for exceptions.
  • Don't exceed manufacturer's passenger or weight limits.
  • Wear protective clothing, including helmet, eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants, and a long sleeved shirt or jacket.