Rural Driving

Safe Rural and ATV Driving

Your Northeast Florida Traffic Safety Teams are promoting important traffic safety and occupant protection messages on our rural and country roadways in our communities.

All drivers and passengers should always buckle up on rural roads. Seat belts save lives!

Click here to download and share our Rural Occupant Protection rack card.

We have a lot of rural roads throughout Northeast Florida. Here are some facts to consider:

  • In rural deaths involving ejections from pick up trucks, OVER 90% of the occupants were NOT wearing their seat belts. 
  • The death rate in rural crashes on country roads is more than double that on the highways and busy streets of urban areas.
  • More fatally injured occupants were ejected from vehicles in rural crashes compared to crashes in the city.
  • Because of the higher center of gravity on pickups, there’s an increased risk of vehicle rollover during a truck crash.
  • Emergency response time on remote roads is much slower. 

“Be Tough Enough to Buckle Up!” Wear your seat belt in your truck for every trip, every time.

Click here for our Rural Occupant Protection tip card for sharing on social media.

All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety

Your Northeast Florida Traffic Safety Teams want to remind ATV drivers to follow safety guidelines and laws. Your safety is our main concern. Read our complete “ATV Off-Road Rules to Live By” brochure which lists Florida laws regarding all-terrain vehicles and important safety guidelines.

Click here for our Northeast FDOT CTST ATV safety brochure.

Watch and share our “ATV Safety Rules” video:

Put safety first when riding an ATV!

  • Never operate an ATV on streets, highways, paved roads or rights of way. It is extremely dangerous and against the law.
  • The recommended age for a particular size ATV may not be the best choice for your child. Please remember that even though a child may fall into the age category, they may not possess the strength, skills and judgment necessary to operate that vehicle.
  • Riders under 16 years old should be supervised by an adult at all times and should only be allowed to ride an ATV that is recommended for their age group.
  • Always wear appropriate riding gear, which includes an approved full-face helmet, eye projection such as goggles, a good pair of gloves, over-the-ankle boots with low heels and at least a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Off-highway pants with kneepads and a long-sleeved jersey with chest/shoulder protectors are recommended.

ATVs handle differently from other vehicles including motorcycles, and are adversely affected by pavement. Make safety your number one concern and follow these additional rules:

  • Never carry passengers.
  • Never operate an ATV under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • Avoid stunt riding and excessive speeds.
  • Always keep both hands on the handlebars and both feet on the footrests.

For more ATV safety information and free activity sheets for younger ATV users, visit our ATV SAFETY blog post.