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ATV Safety


 ATV Safety Contacts


 HICAHS/MSU ATV Safety Materials


 ATV Safety Materials From Other Organizations


​All-terrain vehicle (ATV) use has grown extremely popular in the United States to include 10 million vehicles and 16 million users. ATVs are lightweight, easily maneuverable, and fast, making them attractive to use on farms and ranches for tasks that used to be carried out with the help of horses, farm dogs, and trucks or pick-ups.

Unfortunately, ATVs are inherently unstable. ATVs have a high center of gravity and narrow wheel-base make them easier to tip over. Along with the increase in ATV use there has been an increase in injuries and deaths on farms and ranches. Between 1992 and 2007, a staggering 65 percent of all occupational ATV-related deaths in the United States occurred on agricultural operations. Very few training materials focus on using ATVs for the specific tasks of farms and ranches.


HICAHS has partnered with Montana State University Extension to educate agricultural producers on using ATVs safely for the top agricultural tasks.

A focus group conducted by HICAHS and MSU revealed four primary uses of ATVs on Montana ranches:
  • Animal handling,
  • Fence building and mending,
  • Weed control/spraying, and
  • General transportation

See our "HICAHS/MSU ATV Safety Materials" in the box to the right for the educational posters we developed on each of these tasks. To ensure the continued education of agricultural producers in Montana, we are training agricultural Extension agents and agricultural producers on how to use ATVs safely. Two Agricultural Extension agents in Montana were certified by the ATV Safety Institute (ATVSI) to teach the Rider Course Class to others. They plan on continuing to educate ranchers in Montana on how to use their ATVs safely. To learn more about how to become trained on using an ATV safely, contact HICAHS researcher David Gilkey

This project is still in progress and additional ag-specific learning activities are in development.