ATVs provide safe and exciting opportunities for families and groups to enjoy the outdoors. Although most ORV (Off-Road Vehicle) owners ride responsibly, more than 100 Manitobans are injured or killed in ORV collisions each year. Enjoy a safe ride by following these tips for operating your ATV:
Eye protection should be used with full face or open face helmets. Regular sunglasses do not provide adequate protection on an ATV. A face shield or goggles will better protect you.
Clothing / Protective Gear
Boots, gloves and fitted clothing such as long pants/shirt or jacket, are all recommended. For best protection wear off-road riding gear that includes pants with kneepads and a shirt with chest and shoulder protectors.
Multiple passengers are a factor in many injuries and fatalities. Don’t ride with passengers unless your ATV is specifically designed to hold more than one person. Carrying passengers is unsafe as it disrupts the balance and stability of the machine.
Ride only on trails where ATV use is allowed and be respectful to everyone you come across.
Communicating while riding can be a challenge. Hand signals are an effective solution.
It is recommended that you do a pre-ride and post-ride inspection before and after every ride. Below is a comprehensive inspection checklist.
Tires and wheels
Lights and switches
Oil and fuel
Chain/driveshaft and chassis
Whether you’re riding alone or in a group, you should also tell someone where you’re going and how long you expect to be gone.
If you're taking your ATV out for a ride you want to be confident that you have proper insurance coverage. Our exclusive ORV insurance policy provides you with superior coverage, giving you peace of mind so that you can enjoy a worry-free ride.
Contact your local branch to speak with one of our insurance professionals.
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