ATV Safety

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


Know the ATV Rules?

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

  1. Wear all the gear, all the time. Always wear a DOT compliant helmet, and safety gear including goggles, long-sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
  2. Ride on designated trails. ATVs 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.
  3. A single-rider ATV is meant for one person. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.
  4. Size matters. ATVs are not “one-size-fits-all”. Ensure you, and your fellow riders, are operating an ATV that is appropriate for your age, weight, and riding ability.
  5. Supervise young riders. ATVs are not toys. In provinces where riders younger than 16 can legally ride, they need to be supervised while riding.
  6. Never ride alone. Always ride with someone. If you DO ride alone, let someone know your route and when you plan on returning.
  7. Drive sober. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  8. Get ATV training. Learn how to properly ride your ATV so you can be safe on the trails. Take a CASI ATV RiderCourse. Visit or call 1-888-613-2722 to enroll.

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