All-terrain vehicle and utility terrain vehicle riding is a growing sport in Alabama. Along with the privilege of enjoying the sport comes the responsibility of making sure you are operating these vehicles safely and responsibly. While an ATV Safety course is not mandatory in Alabama, the Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries recommends all ATV and UTV operators complete a safety course.
ATV Riding Safety Tips
Keep your ride safe and fun by following these safety tips:
- Wear a helmet and eye protection at all times and other protective clothing suitable to the environment. It is illegal to operate an ATV without a securely fastened helmet on the head of the operator.
- Do not carry passengers on your ATV.
- Do not let young or inexperienced riders operate ATVs without training and supervision.
- Do not use alcohol or other drugs when you ride.
- Learn proper riding skills from an instructor or qualified rider and practice such skills before riding.
- Always maintain a safe distance between riders. Tailgating can lead to collisions and injuries.
- Ride with others and let someone know where you are riding. Never ride alone.
- Obey the laws.
- Stay on trails designated for ATVs.
- Be informed of local weather conditions and dress and equip yourself appropriately. Know the area you are riding in. Be aware of its potential hazards.
- Always ride at a safe and responsible speed. Know your abilities and don't exceed those levels.
- Make sure your equipment is in top working order; check before heading out.
- Carry a map of the trail or area you intend to travel.
- Use common sense.
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