The Handbook of Iowa All-Terrain Vehicle, Off-Road Utility and Off-Road Motorcycle Regulations
The Official Off-roading Handbook of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
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What to Wear
By definition, off-road means "rugged," so you should always wear clothing that combines both protection and comfort.
Essential Clothing Items
Never operate an ATV unless you protect yourself from head to toe by wearing these items.
- Helps prevent head injuries. In an accident, you are five times more likely to have a serious head injury if you are not wearing a helmet.
- Full-face helmets offer the greatest protection and the most comfort.
- All helmets should meet U.S. Department of Transportation standards at a minimum—even better, they should be "Snell–certified."
Goggles or other eye protection
- Prevent branches, road debris, and insects from hitting your eyes, which can distract or even blind you.
- For proper protection, use goggles or a face shield—do not use sunglasses alone.
- Choose high-impact eye protection made of hard-coated polycarbonate or stamped with the safety-approved markings VESC-8 (or V-8) or Z87.1.
- Wear tinted lenses appropriate for your lighting conditions—gray for sunny days, yellow for cloudy days, and clear for evenings and nights.
- Keep your hands warm in cold weather.
- Prevent soreness and fatigue.
- Protect your hands during a fall or if they scrape against a branch.
- Should have padding over the knuckles for the best protection.
Long pants and long-sleeved shirt or jacket
- Protect against scratching from branches.
- For best protection, your gear should include:
- Pants with kneepads
- Chest and shoulder protectors
- Heels help keep your feet firmly on the footrests.
- ATV boots are best because they protect lower legs also.