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ATV Safety

Riders of all-terrain vehicles and off-highway motorcycles will always get the most enjoyment by riding smart and riding safe. This does not mean that riding has to be boring; it means equipping yourself with the knowledge and skills to heighten your experience on the trail!

So, follow us to these resources to start yourself on the trail to being a better rider!

  • ATV Safety Institute: www.atvsafety.org
    Register online or call 1-800-887-2887 to enroll in the ATV training course nearest you. Certified instructors and courses are located throughout the state.
  • Motorcycle Safety Foundation: www.dirtbikeschool.com
    For the off-highway motorcycle MSF RiderCourse® location nearest you, call 1-877-288-7093.

 

Three R’s – Rules, Regulations & Recommendations

  • NYS Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee:
    Click here for an informational page based on DMV’s excellent C-29 brochure. It is a comprehensive resource for rules of use, safety equipment advice, age-to-machine sizing guidance and more, clearly detailed to help you make good decisions about how, where and when to use your ATV or trail bike properly in the Empire State.
  • Club/Dealer Suggestion:
    Provide a paper copy of the DMV C-29 brochure to every club member or ATV purchaser. Click here for information on obtaining quantities of the C-29 at no cost.

 

Other Resources

  • Clubs can be of assistance in finding legal riding areas and sometimes have a certified safety instructor on staff. For a list of New York ATV and dirt bike clubs, click here.
  • National 4-H Community ATV Safety Program:
    Click here for an alternative to the ATV Safety Institute program listed above, run through community groups.
  • New York State Snowmobile Association: www.nyssnowassoc.org for Snowmobile Safety Courses and Clubs.
  • NYS Department of Environmental Conservation: www.dec.state.ny.us for information on use of Public Lands (except State Parks, see OPRHP below).
  • NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation: http://nysparks.state.ny.us/ Snowmobile Safety Training and information on access to NY’s Park Lands. (ATVs are prohibited from all OPRHP lands.)

 

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