Both ATV and UTV riders of all ages must wear helmets, which is in many areas even required by law. Even if you’re belted in within the cab of an enclosed side-by-side, a crash, collision, or rollover can still result in a head injury—especially if riders aren’t wearing helmets.
We’ve prepared a guide specifically on choosing the right ORV helmet, and we urge you to check it out. To summarize, make sure you select a helmet that fits your head properly, that meets or exceeds U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and/or SNELL safety standards, and that hasn’t been dropped or involved in a prior accident. Full-face helmets, such as Motocross style, are recommended for off-roaders.
A face shield or goggles provide required and essential additional eye protection to be integrated with a riding helmet. After all, your head may be protected by a helmet, but if dust or sand gets in your eyes, your vision is dangerously impaired—even if just for a moment.
Both ATV and UTV riders must wear sturdy, over-the-ankle boots for the best grip on the footrests and the best protection against rocks, brush, and debris, as well as the heat of your machine.
Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt are also required when off-roading. Riding pants and a riding jacket or vest provide further protection, offering insulation and protective padding while enhancing comfort; you can also add elbow, shoulder, and knee pads and/or chest protectors to your outfit for bolstered security. Rainwear or heavier-duty shells may be advisable depending on the weather conditions and season you’re riding in.
Riding gloves - also required - improve your grip and protect your hands against chafing, debris, and the strain of your ORV’s vibration.