Helmets On

Always wear a helmet when riding an ATV, snow machine, motorcycle or bicycle

In Alaska, we use many types of transportation for all kinds of reasons to get from point A to point B. When traveling by all-terrain vehicle (ATV), snow machine, motorcycle or bike, anywhere, anytime, everyone should wear a helmet – even if it’s a quick trip close to home.

Wearing a helmet is the best way protect your head and reduce the risk of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Adults can set a positive example for our youth by driving safely and always wearing a helmet.

Facts about Traumatic Brain Injury  

TBI is caused by a blow, bump, jolt or other head injury that causes damage to the brain. From 2012 to 2016 Alaska Native people:

  • Had an average of 200 hospitalizations for TBI every year
  • Of those hospitalizations, about 1/5 of TBIs were from ATV, snowmachine and bicycle

Symptoms of TBI are dependent on the following:

  • Type of head injury
  • The part of the brain that is affected
  • The injury’s severity


ATV Safety Institute
Helmet Safety PSA

Helmets On series

Helmets On part 1: Community of New Stuyahok shaken following near-fatal crash

Helmets On part 2: ATV safety course and injury prevention in New Stuyahok follow near-fatal crash

Plan with TRIPSS

Planning your TRIPSS* is a good way to reduce injuries while driving and operating your ATV:

T – Training
Take a free online ATV training course to learn safety tips at https://atvsafety.org/.

R – Ride Off-Road
When possible, ride on unpaved roads. The ATV’s tires are not made for paved or loose gravel roads – you could lose control.

I – Impairment Danger
Never drive an ATV while impaired.

P – Plan Ahead
Before riding, plan your trip by looking for wire fencing, tree stumps and other dangers. Let someone know where you are going and when you’ll be back.

S – Single Rider
Most ATVs are made for one rider. When possible, drive without passengers.

S – Safety Equipment
Wear a helmet, boots, gloves, long pants and sleeves when riding your ATV.

*TRIPSS safety message adapted from the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Injury Prevention program.