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North Carolina and ATVs: Rules You Need to Know

North Carolina is the home of a lot of stellar beaches and shores that many off-road terrains that those that like to make use of ATVs would be glad to take advantage of. This, however, does not mean that there are no rules that apply to ATV usage.

Today, we take a look at a few rules that you will need to know before you go on an ATV adventure:

Age Requirement per CC

Just because ATVs are easy to handle and are used for leisure does not mean that anyone will be able to utilize it. There will be particular rules which govern the age of the users. These change as the CC of the vehicle is taken into account. These are the general age requirements per CC in North Carolina:

  • Under 70: 8 – 11 years of age
  • Under 90: 12 – 15 years of age
  • 90 and Over: at least 16 years of age

You Must Have Protective Gear

Protective gear is required by law in all of off-road locations in North Carolina—especially when it comes to the use of ATVs. These machines are often used in beaches where the soil is soft and unsteady. There can be unexpected shifts that may cause the driver to lose balance.

In the interest of those that make use of ATVs, they must come fully geared or be denied usage at all.

No Public Roads and Highways

ATVs are easy to use and very easy to obtain. The fact that it is too easy to use can mean that most people tend to think that they can be used anywhere. The truth is not so friendly. ATVs are completely barred from public roads and highways in North Carolina. This is for the safety of other travelers on the road and of the ATV operator themselves.

There are a lot of other rules that surround ATV usage in NC. We hope that this discussion helps to illuminate it for you. What other rules and laws do you know about ATV usage?

Betting on ATV Sports

While the market is quite small, there are some opportunities for fans to bet on various ATV sports in US states where it’s legal to do see (full list:, however you should always check your local laws and regulations before doing so, to ensure it’s permitted.  In North Carolina, there current aren’t any options to do so online, however with recent changing legislation across the nation it’s likely that in the future rules will change to permit wagering on the sport.


Before You Go Beach Driving: Dune Buggy Safety Tips You Should Know

North Carolina is a state that is commonly known for the amazing beach activities which usually occur on sandy beaches and off-road terrain. If you are ever going to go on a dune buggy, there are certain safety tips that you must adhere to.

This is what we wanted to talk about with today’s article. Here are a few safety tips you should remember if you’re going riding on a dune buggy:

Wear Proper Safety Gear

Dune buggies do not offer much in terms of protection. The driver has to ride astride the vehicle and has to cling unto the handlebars in order to control the machine and sort of maintain their balance. As such, it would be quite important for anyone using a dune buggy to be suitably protected.

This can be achieved through safety gear like pads, helmets, and proper attire. You can always check with the rental place to see if they have protective gear that they can rent out. If you have your own dune buggy, it would be important to purchase your own safety gear.

Check the Weather

Before you go out in an ATV or dune buggy, it would be smart to check up if the weather will be agreeable for your plans. Anyone who is aiming to experience the outdoors must make it a point to be aware of the weather and any possible changes that may occur during the day.

Learn the Terrain

Before you go out and actually get on the dune buggy, it would be smart to get to know the terrain of the track or the area. Are there any dips? Are there any places where you might slip? Are there any places that should be avoided by novices?

Knowing the answer to these questions will really help you stay safe.

We hope that you take these few safety tips and utilize them when you go out and have a dune buggy adventure—especially in North Carolina!