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Give us a few minutes of your attention and you’ll be rewarded with the best possible riding experience and more ways to keep you, your family, and your friends safe off-road.
If we have your attention, keep scrolling. If not, bookmark this page and return when you’re able to invest 15 minutes before your next ride. This really is that important.
We live by these rules, forged from years of off-road experience—and challenge you to remember them by any means necessary. They’ve kept us safe for years—now we’re passing them on to you.
SAFETY IN ACTION
Watch off-road experts and Can-Am Ambassadors demonstrate key safety and vehicle tips.
Everything we know about safety, in one place. Keep reading to see how focusing on safety always leads to the best possible ride. And please—don’t be shy about sharing this page.
From our family to yours, thank you for taking the time to read, digest, and act on safety. It’s our responsibility to keep off-road areas free from crashes, garbage, excessive speed or noise.
Respect yourself, your passengers, your vehicle—and the land. Pay attention & ride safely.
Can’t wait to see you out there.
Invest the time now and reap the rewards for life: take a rider safety program!
United States and Canada
ATVcourse.com has a listing of local programs across the U.S. and Canada, and has helped to certify nearly 2 million off-road riders since its inception.
ATV riders, visit atvsafety.org to enroll online in a free course or call 1 800-887–2887 to join one of the national ATV Safety Institute’s rider certification programs. Cost ranges from free to less than $200 for in-person instruction.
Side-by-Side riders, visit www.rohva.org to take a free online course, or enroll in the ROV Basic DriverCourseSM. The national Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association can also be reached at 1 866-267-2751
Visit the Canada Safety Council online for more information on ATV rider courses (https://canadasafetycouncil.org/product/atv-rider-course/) and Side-by-Side / UTV courses (https://canadasafetycouncil.org/product/utility-terrain-vehicle-utv-side-by-side-course/); they can be reached by phone at 1 613-739–1535. In addition, CSC-approved courses are listed on ATVcourse.com.
We’ll be very clear: nobody at any age should ride an off-road vehicle if they aren’t responsible enough to ride properly.
ATVs are not toys, but they can be a good first step into off-roading. We offer Youth-focused ATV models for riders aged 6 and up; with adult supervision at all times.
We recommend that ATV riders on machines with engines 250cc and above are at least 16 years old. Take the next step and complete a rider safety program.
We recommend that all Side-by-Side operators are 16 years or older, with a valid driver’s license. Rider safety certification programs are also available for SSVs.