ASI's Golden Rules of ATV Safety

The All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute (ATV Safety Institute or ASI) created a set of 'Golden Rules' which should be followed to keep you, your family, and your friends safe while riding ATVs.  Always follow these safety rules.


Parents!  Remember you hold the keys to keep your children safe.  Keep the keys to all ATVs in a safe place.  Set rules with your children regarding where and when they can ride.  Make sure you follow all of the safety rules as well so you set a good example.


The Golden Rules of ATV safety.

  1. Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
  2. Never ride on paved roads except to cross when done safely and permitted by law - another vehicle could hit you.  ATVs are designed to be operated off-highway.
  3. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.
  5. Ride an ATV that's right for your age.
  6. Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.
  7. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
  8. Take a hands-on ATV RiderCourse and the free online E-Course. Visit or call 800.887.2887.

See the Getting Started in Riding pages for information regarding proper safety gear and anything you need to know regarding how to start riding OHVs.

NOHVCC asks for your assistance.  Please follow these rules and tips when you ride.  Also, spread the information regarding OHV safety, the importance of hands-on training, and these rules and tips far and wide.  The future of OHV recreation can’t be positive unless you are part of our future.