ATV and UTV Safety Starts with You

Almost one-quarter of those who died as the result of an ATV or UTV accident in 2023 were operators under age 16. These accidents are also the leading cause of farm deaths for youth. As ATV and UTVs become more prevalent on farm and rural residents, now is the time to make sure we model and teach safety practices to our youth.

ATV and UTV Safety Starts with You

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The old saying of do as I say and not as I do doesn’t apply when it comes to teaching the next generation the importance of safety. If your children and community youth do not see you following simple safety tips, why should we expect them to follow them? Young riders of recreational vehicles are the most at risk of injury. Listen in as Dale Earnhardt Jr. shares why Nationwide and AgQuest/MN River Insurance are passionate about ATV and UTV safety.

ATV and UTV Safety Tips for All

Avoid Riding on Paved Roads 

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that driving on roads designated for cars, trucks, semis and daily traffic increases your risk of injury or death. With a recreational vehicle that provides little protection itself, driving on paved roads with other traffic is not recommended.

Never have more riders than the vehicle is designed for

All UTV and ATV vehicles state how many people the vehicle is created for. Always make sure to check the allowed number of passengers your off-road vehicle can support and follow this recommendation.

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Photo for ATV/UTV Safety Campaign from Nationwide Insurance.

Make sure the vehicle is right for the rider’s age

Before you or someone else hops on an ATV or UTV, make sure it is the right size for the rider’s age and size. Youth deaths with ATV and UTVs often come down to a child under 16 years of age driving an off-road vehicle that was too big for them.

Always supervise riders under the age of 16

As youth are starting out their enjoyment of ATV and UTVs, supervise them and enforce safety practices. This will help create safe habits with recreational vehicle use as they become an adult.

Ride on designated trails

Whenever possible, stay on designated trails when riding an ATV or UTV. Your chance of injury or death increases dramatically when driving on paved roads meant for road traffic.

Consider taking a hands-on safety course

Hands-on ATV and UTV safety courses are helpful for everyone, no matter your riding level or age. We encourage our customers to keep up with their certification to learn new safety recommendations and stay refreshed with best practices. There are often local options in the summertime. However, yearlong you can take the course.

Alway dress appropriately

Remember to always dress appropriately when riding an ATV or UTV. This includes a helmet, goggles, long sleeves and pants, gloves and high-topped boots.

AgQuest/Minnesota River Insurance is Here for You

Having the proper insurance coverage for your ATV/UTVs and other recreational vehicles is very important. Our team at AgQuest/Minnesota River Insurance is here to help you find the perfect fit for your farm and coverage needs. Contact one of our agents and we would be happy to assist you.

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