Riding an all-terrain vehicle is a popular activity in Northern Minnesota. While off-roading in your ATV can be a fun way to spend the day, following safety precautions is vital to avoid accidents and prevent injuries.
ATVs are heavy equipment that can travel at high speeds. Failure to ride safely can cause severe bodily damages and even death.
Follow ATV safety tips
Stay safe while trail-riding and off-roading with our tips.
Inspect and maintain your vehicle: Take proper care of your ATV to ensure everything functions correctly. Defective equipment can lead to dangerous accidents and personal injuries.
Take a safety course: Enroll in a training course to learn how to ride your ATV safely. This process is essential for young riders.
Wear adequate safety gear: Protect yourself from injury by wearing appropriate safety equipment, such as:
- Long pants
- Shatterproof goggles
- Long sleeves
Ride only in permitted areas: ATVs are not legal on most roads. Stay on trails that are for off-road vehicle use.
Drive sober: Do not operate your ATV if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other medications.
Know the laws
Understanding Minnesota’s ATV laws prevents injuries, avoids liability issues, and helps you know who is at fault when accidents occur.
- Riders under 18 must wear a helmet approved by the Department of Transportation.
- Children under 16 must have a parent with them if riding in public areas.
- Riders under 14 must have a valid safety certificate to drive on public land.
- Passengers are only allowed on vehicles designed for more than one person.
- ATVs must have current registration and titles.
Before you hit the trail on your ATV, make sure you take the necessary steps to stay safe from harm.