Date: July 16, 2019

Mainly cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm this afternoon. Wind southwest 20 km/h gusting to 40. High 29. Humidex 37. UV index 7 or high.


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Off-Road Vehicle Safety

This page was reviewed or revised on Friday, March 16, 2018 12:58 PM

Off-road vehicle (ORV) crashes are predictable and preventable. Plan your TRIPSS.

Take a training course to learn how to handle your ORV in different conditions. ATV stability can be affected from turning to sharp or too fast, carrying cargo and use on hills or rough terrain.

Ride Off-Road
Using ATV tires on paved or loose gravel could cause you to lose control and flip or crash.

Impairment Danger
Alcohol impairs judgment and reaction time. Operation of an ORV while impaired is illegal and has the same consequences as driving a motorized vehicle.

Plan Ahead
Know the terrain. The leading cause of injury is hitting a fixed object (fence, tree stump, etc.). Tell someone where you are going and when you will be back.

Single Rider
Never ride with passengers on ORVs designed for 1 person or exceed passenger limits. You could flip the ORV and cause injury.

Safety Equipment
Wear an approved motorcycle helmet, Wear boots, long pants, long sleeves, shirt and gloves. Wear reflective clothing at night. Keep a first aid and emergency kit on your vehicle.

Age of operation

  • ATV operators must be at least 12 years old unless directly supervised by an adult.
  • ATV drivers must be 16 years of age and hold a licence to ride on any roadway.

ORVs Not Recommended for Children & Youth

  • Not recommended for children under 14 years of age (Ontario Medical Association).
  • Children lack mental and physical ability to operate ORVs before the age of 16 .
  • 25% of ATV deaths involve children 15 years and younger .
  • Males (16-25 years old) are more likely to suffer serious / fatal injuries.
  • Helmets reduce non-fatal head injury up to 64% and death risk by 42% .

Rules of the Road: Understand the laws before you ride.

Skills Training: Contact your ORV dealer for specific training resources.

Online Resources:

MTO ATV safety e-learning
Ministry of Transportation Ontario
Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council
4H ATV Safety
Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Safety Course
ATV Safety Institute
ATV Safety for Parents and Kids