Safety first on motorcycles and ATVs

Here are some things you should know about riding safely.

It’s illegal to drive a motorcycle without a licence**. Check out the Gearing Up motorcycle rider training program offered by the Canada Safety Council and find a course near you. For info on ATVs, visit The Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council website.

Pay close attention to your surroundings. Make sure you’re not riding in another vehicle’s blind spot, and keep your headlights on and watch for loose gravel, potholes and other road hazards.

Helmets save lives. A study by the - National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proved that helmets do not interfere with a rider’s vision or hearing and are effective in preventing crash fatalities.

Dress the part for safety. Whether you’re on two wheels or four, choose approved protective riding gear to minimize injuries in case of a fall. It’s all you have between you and the road or trail.

Remember that ATVs are off-road vehicles only**. Never ride on paved roads; stick to designated trails and ride at safe speeds.

Your passenger needs to know the rules, too. Make sure they have the right gear and knowledge to ride safely. Tell them where it’s safe to place their hands and feet while riding. Also keep in mind that carrying another person will change how you corner, brake and accelerate.

Coverage for motorcycles and ATVs may be different depending on where you live, so talk to us before you venture out.

**Regulations vary by province. Check with your provincial  Ministry of Transportation for details.