All Terrain & Utility Task Vehicles
“Whether you are riding to work or riding to play, please ride to live by being safe.”
About ATVs & UTVs
ATVs and UTVs have become increasingly popular over the last few decades. Many find them fun to drive. Others find multiple uses for them in their work, such as towing or hauling things, pulling small implements, plowing snow and transportation.
While fun to drive and useful for work, ATVs and UTVs can also be dangerous. In the U.S., there are more than 100,000 emergency room visits annually due to ATV/UTV injuries, and approximately 650 people die in ATV/UTV incidents each year. About 25 – 50% of these injury and fatality incidents involve children.
- ATVs and UTVs can weigh more than 2,000 lbs.
- ATVs and UTVs roll over easily
- Most ATVs are not meant for passengers
- Rollovers, run-overs, falls and ejection from ATVs and UTVs are common causes of injuries and fatalities
- ATVs and UTVs are not designed for roadway use and are especially prone to rollovers on paved roads.
- What’s legal isn’t always safe. Ride smart. Ride to live.
- Always wear a helmet, especially on ATVs
- Take a safety course
- No children under 16 operate an adult-size ATV or any UTV
- Do not drive ATVs or UTVs on paved and/or public roads
- Ensure operator is able to safely operate vehicle/perform task
For additional safety strategies, resources and incident stories please download the trifold or poster below, available as both a digital-optimized format and a printable version with crop marks.
Note: The print versions are CMYK-formatted and contain cut marks.
Agricultural Youth Work Guidelines
These ATV/UTV guidelines are available in English, Spanish and French and customizable in skin tone and equipment color.
ATV Curriculum, Demonstrations and Safety Guides
The resources below are PDFs created by various institutes as part of ATV/UTV safety awareness and training activities.
- ATV Aware – Curriculum Facilitator Guide (Nebraska Extension; University of Nebraska)
- ATV/Quads/4 Wheelers on the Farm (Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health)
- Tabletop ATV – Safety Demonstration Supplies & Key Discussion Points (University of Nebraska Medical Center)
- ATV Riding is Not Child’s Play (Cultivate Safety)
ATV Safety (Motion Graphic Video)
This ATV Safety Video was produced through a partnership with Ag Health and Safety Alliance and the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (CS-CASH).
Safer Riding on ATVs in Agriculture
All-Terrain-Vehicles (ATVs) are widely used in the United States for recreational purposes and a wide range of occupational applications. Learn riding essentials to stay safe while riding an ATV.
The embedded video below is part of a six-video series. To view the rest of the videos, you may click on the playlist icon in the top corner and select from the list, or visit them directly at the links below:
- Introduction to Safer Riding on ATVs in Agriculture
- Clothing and Protective Gear that You Need when Riding your ATV in Agriculture
- Know how to operate your ATV controls to improve your safety
- Riding Strategies for Improving your Safety on ATVs in Agriculture
- Riding Uphill, Downhill, Traversing, and Other Advanced Techniques on your ATV
- Review of Key Points for Safer ATV Riding in Agriculture
Tools of the Trade: ATV/UTV Safety
Through the use of a tilt table we demonstration how center of gravity changes when adding a load.
ATV Safety Poster – ISASH (Ag Safety and Health Alliance)
Also available as a Printable PDF .
ATV Safety Manuscripts
The links below are externally hosted manuscripts and may require registration and/or purchase fees to download. If you encounter a broken link, please contact us for assistance.
- A Systematic Review of Youth and All-Terrain Vehicles Safety in Agriculture
- Ability of Youth Operators to Activate Agricultural All-Terrain Vehicles Controls
- Ability of Youth Operators To Reach Agricultural All-Terrain Vehicles Controls
- Ability of Youth to Activate Agricultural All-Terrain Vehicles’ Main Controls
- Agricultural All-Terrain Vehicle Safety: Hazard Control Methods Using the Haddon Matrix
- Can Youth Reach Agricultural All-Terrain Vehicle Controls?
- Developing and Testing a GPS-Based Steering Control System for an Autonomous All-Terrain Vehicle
- Developing and Testing an Autonomous All-Terrain Vehicle to Experimentally Test Rollover Incidents
- Developing and Evaluating an Autonomous Agricultural All-terrain Vehicle for Field Experimental Rollover Simulations
- Engineering Control Technologies to Protect Operators in Agricultural All-Terrain Vehicle Rollovers
- Evaluation of Crush Protection Devices for agricultural All-Terrain Vehicles
- Evaluation of the Crush Protection Zone of Three Crush Protection Devices
- Forces Required To Operate Controls on Agricultural All-Terrain Vehicles: Implications for Youth
ATV Safety Institute
Visit to access safety information, riding tips, ATV safety courses and more.
- ATVSafety.org — ASI’s primary goal is to promote the safe and responsible use of ATVs, thereby reducing accidents and injuries that may result from improper ATV operation by the rider.