10 Off Highway Vehicle Tips for Safe & Responsible Riding
  1. Don’t ride cross-country - stay on established trails Cross-country travel can increase soil erosion, ignite wildfire, spread noxious weeds and damage wildlife habitat.
  2. Always ride in control Ride within your abilities and your machine's capabilities. Never attempt anything that is beyond your skill level.
  3. Always wear the appropriate safety gear At a minimum, this should include a helmet, shatter resistant eye protection, long sleeves, long pants, gloves, and boots that cover the ankle.
  4. Only carry passengers if your OHV is specifically designed to do so ATVs and off-road motorcycles are generally designed to carry only one rider. Carrying passengers can alter the balance of the machine, causing a loss of control.
  1. Riders under the age of 16 should be supervised by a responsible adult at all times
  2. Be prepared for an emergency Always carry a tool kit and spare parts, a first aid kit, and survival equipment when you ride.
  3. Respect closed areas and private property The future for OHV access is in your hands.
  4. Avoid wet areas and waterways They are a vital resource for plants and animals.
  5. Don’t cut switchbacks Taking shortcuts damages trails and causes erosion.
  6. Share the trails and make friends with other trail users Stop or slow down and lower the noise and dust levels when approaching equestrians, hikers and others.
ATVs and Kids

Youth ATVs are only intended for one operator with no passenger. Children should NOT ride adult ATVs. Parents are responsible for their children’s safety. Make sure your kids ride with properly fitted and appropriate safety equipment.

Use Your Brain, Always Wear A Helmet

We all know how important it is to wear a helmet and safety gear to prevent severe injury or even death when riding an ATV while camping or hunting. It is also just as important to wear a helmet and safety gear when riding on your own property.

  • While riding an ATV is a safe activity, an average of 20 accidents per year do occur. A properly fitting helmet can reduce the risk of death in an accident by 42%.
  • A helmet is your brain's best friend, and it is required for those under 18 to wear one by law.

Get A Good Fit

A helmet should fit your head snugly. A helmet that fits will feel tight as you put it on. If it shifts when you shake your head, it is too big. Remember, sizes may vary from brand to brand, so it is a good idea to try several on.

Dress For Impact

ALWAYS wear safety gear when riding an ATV. This includes helmet, goggles or face shield, gloves, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, boots and protective pads.

Use Your Head To Save Your Brain! Put A Helmet On It!

Why are young people injured so often?

  • No helmet
  • Carrying one or more passengers (2+ on one ATV)
  • Lack of mature judgment
  • Lack of adequate strength and coordination
  • ATV too big for their size/age(adult ATVs weigh 500+ lbs)
  • Riding on Terrain above their skill level

What you can do to keep them safe:

  • Always wear a well fitting helmet, properly fitted safety gear can help prevent injuries
  • Never allow more than one rider on the ATV at a time
  • Always supervise your kids while they are riding
  • Ensure they can adequately control the ATV
  • Do not let them ride on terrain above their skill level

**Remember Idaho State Law requires kids 17 and under to wear a helmet **

ALWAYS... Ride the Proper Size ATV

There are ATVs designed for children. Always ensure your child can fit the ATV. Supervise children under 16. One of the first questions you need to ask yourself is whether your child is old enough, big enough and mature enough to handle an ATV. Certainly you know your child better than anyone, but evaluate them as objectively as you can...their safety is at stake. Download IDPR’s fit guidelines at to help you evaluate your child’s ability to fit the ATV.