Anyone planning on riding an ATV this summer may need a slight refresher on the rules. One of the best summertime activities is getting on four wheels and feeling the wind in your face, but that free feeling doesn't come without risks.

Exercising their motto of 'Ride Safe, Ride Smart', the Saskatchewan All-Terrain Vehicle Association (SATVA) is all about having fun while remaining safe.

“ATV'ing is a great experience and we encourage everyone to give it a try. At the same time, we want to remind riders that they should keep safety top of mind so they will create off-roading memories that last a lifetime,” said SATVA General Manager John Meed.

Sharing their main safety tips just recently, SATVA strongly encourages the following:

Alcohol and Drugs Don’t Mix with Riding

Never drive while impaired. It is illegal to operate ATVs while under the influence. Alcohol and drugs impair judgement, reduce reaction time, and significantly increase the risk of accident. Riding while impaired can result in a DUI charge, whether you are on public or private property.

Be an ATV Fashionista

Properly fitting equipment is designed to keep you safe. This includes a helmet, eye protection, gloves, ankle boots, a long-sleeved shirt, and long pants.

Don’t Be The Fall Guy

While Ryan Gosling makes for a great stuntman movie, speeding, stunting or extreme maneuvers can be a quick trip to trouble. Follow the speed limit and stay away from roads unless it’s required to cross.

Make A Plan

Before heading out, let someone know where you’re going. Don’t forget your cell phone and a first aid kit. Plan your ride ahead of time, taking terrain into consideration. Know your abilities and never ride anywhere that looks dangerous or makes you feel uneasy. Life-threating roll-overs occur very quickly.

Licensed to Ride

Young people age 12 to 15 and anyone without a vehicle license must complete an approved safety course, or be supervised by someone who has had their drivers’ licence for at least a year.

Check out the SATVA website here. Find trail maps, more on ATV safety, and links to member clubs.