ATV/Quad Safety

The Canadian Quad Council (CQC) represents riders across Canada by helping to make ATV/Quad riding safe, accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

CQC ATV/Quad Rules

Know the ATV/Quad Rules?

Before heading out on the trail, make sure you know the rules.

  1. Wear all the gear, all the time. Always wear a compliant helmet (per provincial regulations), and safety gear including goggles, long-sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
  2. Headlights On. Ride with your headlights on at all times.
  3. Ride on designated trails. ATVs/Quads are designed to be operated off-highway and at a safe speed for the conditions. Never ride on paved roads except to cross them safely and only where permitted by law. Whenever possible you should avoid riding in live water courses.
  4. A single-rider ATV/Quad is meant for one person. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV/Quad, and no more passengers than the vehicle is manufactured to accommodate. (Traditional 2-up ATV/Quad is one passenger, and side by side (ROV) type vehicle is the number of seats with seat belts installed by the manufacturer.)
  5. Size matters. ATVs/Quads are not “one-size-fits-all”. Ensure you, and your fellow riders, are operating an ATV/Quad that is appropriate for your age, weight, and riding ability.
  6. Supervise young riders. ATVs/Quads are not toys. In provinces where riders younger than 16 can legally ride, they need to be supervised while riding.
  7. Riding alone. It is recommended that you do not ride alone. However, if you do, be sure to tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
  8. Drive sober. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  9. Get ATV training. Learn how to properly ride your ATV/Quad so you can be safe on the trails. Take a CASI ATV RiderCourse. Visit quadcouncil.ca/safety-training or call 1-888-613-2722 to enroll.

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