The AORVA recommends always wearing an appropriate helmet for all ATV and SSV operators and passengers. Australian Standard AS1698 helmets are best. Good examples of other Personal Protective Equipment include long sleeve shirts and pants, good protective eye wear, gloves and sturdy enclosed footwear that covers to above the ankle.
Ensure that your ORV is suited to the task and use it appropriately only when you are not under the influence of any alcohol or drugs.
ATV operators should understand and apply Active Riding Style and learn to read their environment well before travelling at speed. They should feel comfortable operating from a standing position to better assess difficult terrain and always travel at speeds appropriate to their machine and operator abilities as well terrain, weather and other environmental conditions.
SSV operators should always wear a seatbelt, know well and be able to reach all of the manufacturers factory fitted hand holds with their back to the seat and feet flat on the floor. A key emergency practice to remember is to keep your arms and all body parts in the vehicle in unforeseen circumstances. Doors and / or side nets are a good recommendation.
All ORV operators should seek to advance their skills and do refresher training courses. Never carry more people than the ORV is designed for and always follow manufacturers recommendations as detailed in the operators manual and the warning labels on the machine.
A ratio of operator size, machine size and weight commands respect and the AORVA recommends that children under the age of 16, only ride specifically designed and labelled age appropriate ATV's.
Small children operating adult sized ATV's greatly increases risk, so parents should always supervise younger operators on suitable machines in a suitable environment.