Summer will be here before you know it. There’s nothing like a getaway in your ATV to take in the fresh air of the great outdoors and really enjoy summer.
Whether you’re taking off for just a few hours or on a longer trek, drive safely and with peace of mind by taking a few
simple precautions. Here are a few tips from L’Unique General Insurance.
When you’re well-informed, you’re well-prepared
- Regulations for riding an ATV vary from region to region. Before you hit the road, you should take a look at the
regulations in force at your destination. For example: In Quebec, ATV riders must purchase civil liability insurance
for a minimum value of $500,000 for damage caused to others. The SAAQ does not compensate ATV riders for
injuries sustained in an accident, except when a moving vehicle is involved. It’s best to take out insurance to cover
bodily injury or property damage.
- Know where you’re going! Follow the Fédération Québécoise des Clubs Quads’ trails when planning your
itinerary. These trails are well-maintained and safe to use. It’s a great way to ensure you’ll be riding on a quality
- Look at the weather forecast so you can bring everything you need. Dressing appropriately is always a good idea,
so know what to wear and the state of the trails.
- Before you leave, have your ATV inspected by a mechanic. It’s a good way to nip mechanical issues in the bud.
- Bring a survival kit: trail maps, compass, tools, flashlight, first-aid kit, and drinking water can all come in handy if
there are any problems.
- Keep useful documents on you, like your trail pass, registration, insurance certificate, driver’s license, etc.
- Don’t drink. With ATVs, the policy is zero tolerance!
- Wear all the mandatory protective gear: helmet – equipped with a visor or safety glasses – and shoes.
- Make sure your vehicle is well-equipped with transport equipment: white light in the front, position, and brake
lights, rearview mirror on the left side, exhaust system, odometer, etc.