ATV Safety

ATVs are popular among youth and adults for recreation and utility use. They can be useful for work and fun to ride, but they can also be dangerous if the rider doesn't operate the ATV safely. It’s important that before you ride you understand the safe riding practices of an ATV that is the correct size for you. Kentucky ranks 5th nationwide for ATV accidents. Visit the 4-H ATV Safety webpage for more information on ATV Safety!

Kentucky 4-H Science, Engineering & Technology (SET) is promoting the reduction and prevention of ATV related injury and mortality through 4-H Community Education and State 4-H Rider Course initiatives. Our short term goals are:  a) to increase awareness of ATV safety gear, pre-ride checks, and fit guidelines by community learners and ASI Rider Course participants, and b) to increase rider knowledge and skills for using ATVs. Kentucky 4-H partners with the National 4-H Council and ATV Safety Institute (ASI). Please contact the State 4-H Office for additional information.

Curriculum, Resources, and Additional Information


ATV Leader's Guide (National 4-H Curriculum) - This resource is available for county Extension agents on the Kentucky 4-H State Resource Guide. Contact the State 4-H Office for additional information.



Downloadable posters are available for county Extension offices. The posters focus on ATV safety gear, ATV fit guidelines, and checking your ATV. These posters are available to county Extenion agents on the Kentucky 4-H Resource Guide (under ATV). (Permission granted to Kentucky by Arkansas 4-H ATV Program.)

ATV Safety Guide Brochure (Kentucky State Police)

Kentucky ATV Safety Facts (Kentucky Transportation Cabinet)


Additional Information 

American Safety Institute Webpage

Kentucky ATV Statue 189.515 Restrictions of ATV (Kentucky Legislature)

State All-Terrain Vehicle Requirements Chart (Specialty Vehicle Institute of America)

Supporting Events 

ATV Safety Week (ASI)

State Contact: Dr. Tanya Dvorak, Senior Extension Specialist; Office: 209 Scovell Hall, University of Kentucky; Mailing Address: 212 Scovell Hall, Lexington, KY 40546; Phone: 859-275-4625; Fax: 859-257-7180; Email:

State Contact: Torey Earle, Agent At Large 4-H SET, West Region; Office/ Mailing Address: UK College of Engineering Paducah Campus, 214 Crisp Building, 4810 Alben Barkley Drive, Paducah, KY 42002-7380; Phone: 270-534-3105; Fax: 270-534-6292; Email: