Did You Know...
- Over 700 people are killed in ATV accidents every year in the US.
- North Carolina had 3 reported ATV fatalities in 2020.
- Approximately one-third are under the age of 16.
- Under NC Law:
- Children under the age of 8, are not permitted to operate an ATV or UTV in North Carolina.
- Children under the age of 13, are not permitted to operate an ATV or UTV with an engine larger than 70 cc.
- Children under the age of 16 are not permitted to operate an ATV or UTV with an engine larger than 90 cc.
- Children under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult anytime the youth is operating an ATV or UTV.
Top Safety Tips
- ATV riders should wear DOT-compliant helmets, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
- 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.
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.
- Ride an ATV that is right for your age.
- Supervise riders younger than 16.
- Ride on designated trails and at a safe speed.
- Get ATV safety certified.
This page was last modified on 11/29/2021