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A Safer Ride is a Great Ride

Whether having fun on off-road trails or getting a demanding job done, it's important to prepare yourself for the safest ride for you and your crew.

Stay Safer Off Road

Safety is a key element to riding on any off-road terrain where you can always learn, advance and pass along that knowledge to your off-road riding club, family, and beyond.

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Gear Up for a Safe Ride

Wearing the right safety equipment is important for your safety and reduces the chance of injury. Be sure to gear up.

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Make Sure ORVs are Age Appropriate

Make sure kids are the appropriate age to ride and have fulfilled the necessary requirements.

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Never Mix ORVs and Alcohol

Just like driving your car, you never want to drive or ride after consuming alcohol or drugs.

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Always Plan for Fuel Stops

As you plan your ride, be sure to plan for fuel stops. For your safety, never carry fuel or other flammable liquids in ORVs.

Designed for Off-road riding

Designed for Off-Road Riding

Operate only on approved ORV routes and use caution to avoid trail debris.

New to riding? Simply need a refresher?

Our Off-Road Rider 101 shares some basics for before, during, and after your ride.

Age & Fit Guidelines

All off-road vehicles have age and fitment requirements. Be sure to check the owner's manual for specifics about your vehicle

Requirements for SXS, UTV and ATV

All drivers must be 16 years old with a valid driver's license. It is strongly encouraged to complete the appropriate ROHVA training for SXSs or ASI training for ATVs. All riders must also be able to reach handleholds and place feet flate on the floor while their back is against the seatback with seatbelt on.

Rider giving hand signals to ensure a safe ride

Requirements for Youth SXS, UTV or ATV

All drivers under 16 years old should never operate full-size off-road vehicles. Polaris offers youth ATV models for ages 6+ and youth SXS and UTV models for ages 10+. Some models have height requirements, refer to the owner's manual for specifics. All young riders should have adult supervision at all times.

Youth rider safely getting into their polaris rzr 200 efi
Rider giving hand signals to ensure a safe ride

Requirements for SXS, UTV and ATV

All drivers must be 16 years old with a valid driver's license. It is strongly encouraged to complete the appropriate ROHVA training for SXSs or ASI training for ATVs. All riders must also be able to reach handleholds and place feet flate on the floor while their back is against the seatback with seatbelt on.

Youth rider safely getting into their polaris rzr 200 efi

Requirements for Youth SXS, UTV or ATV

All drivers under 16 years old should never operate full-size off-road vehicles. Polaris offers youth ATV models for ages 6+ and youth SXS and UTV models for ages 10+. Some models have height requirements, refer to the owner's manual for specifics. All young riders should have adult supervision at all times.

Industry Resources

Like other powersports and outdoor recreation activities, off-roading has many groups and organizations dedicated to safe riding. These groups provide training, tips, and more. Here are a few for you to know.

Off-Road Safety Videos

Spend five minutes learning more about safe off-roading with this video from our friends at Polaris Adventures.

Owner's Manuals

Your owner's manual is an excellent safety and maintenance guide. They guide on vehicle warnings, protective gear, and operating procedures.

Proper Accessories & Installation

Self-installation of accessories or using accessories not specifically designed with the vehicle in mind can result in injury or vehicle malfunction.

See below for Polaris recommended tips to choose and install accessories safely:

  • Use Polaris Engineered accessories only, that are designed and validated specifically for your vehicle.
  • Know your technical limits when installing, and when in doubt, have professionally installed by a trained technician at your local dealership.
  • For electrical or powered accessories, follow these safety guidelines:
    • Never splice into the factory wire harness
    • Always follow installation instructions that accompany the accessory
    • Don’t connect electrical accessories directly to the battery, utilize the accessory mounting block or accessory wires included in the factory harness
    • Confirm all electrically powered accessories are not powered when the key is in off position
  • To reduce unnecessary risk, avoid aftermarket modifications not approved by Polaris:
    • ECU calibrations, intake snorkel kits, excessive amperage draw accessories, or removal of heat shields can increase the risk of fire or burn injuries
    • Cabs, roofs, and roll-over protection structures can affect the stability and performance of the vehicles
    • Aftermarket modifications may impact warranty coverage during or after the warranty period

Off-Road Service Videos

Maintaining your machine is an element of safety. Check out our service videos to learn more about keeping your machine running and ready to go.

Outside Responsibility

Being a safer rider also means being a good steward of where you ride. Learn more about how you can make an impact by leaving less impact.

YouTube

Our YouTube Channels are a great location for all sorts of videos. Ranging from safety to service to fun off road, take a closer look at both the Polaris Off Road and RZR channels below.

Need Help?

Check out our Self Help section for articles, videos, tips, and more.

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