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ATV Safety Tips
By: Andrew Tuttle, Rider / Author
vehicles (ATV) are fun motorized vehicles designed for different types of terrain. ATVs are designed to be used off-road and
generally in designated trail areas. It’s an exciting sport and they can serve well as a valuable work tool. However,
ATVs are also highly dangerous if not used properly and safely, especially for children. Understanding the correct guidelines
for ATV use is imperative in protecting yourself and those around you.
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ATV Golden Rules
There are certain rules every ATV rider should abide by; it will ensure safety
and prevent dangerous situations. The most important thing for any rider to do is wear a DOT compliant helmet. ATV’s
are not meant to be on paved roads or highways and should only be enjoyed in appropriate areas such as designated trailways.
Always ride at a safe speed. Never operate an ATV or any other machine under the influence of drugs and alcohol. If you own
a single rider ATV, never allow a passenger to ride with you. If you own an ATV meant for two people, ensure that you only
allow one other person. When purchasing an ATV ensure that it is appropriate for your age level, and always supervise riders
that under the age of 16. Ensure that all riders treat the ATV as the machine that it is and not as a toy.
Ensure that all riders treat the ATV as the machine that it is and not as a toy.
The ATV Safety Institute’s Golden Rules
Rules for Young Riders
Off Highway Vehicle Safety Provided by Florida Safety and Recreation
ATV Injury Prevention
Any novice rider should take advantage of ATV training courses. Handling an ATV can be a challenge and riders must
master the basics of ATV driving before attempting anything difficult or moving at high speeds. ATV’s are very easy
to overturn or lose control. Not to mention, you have the added dangers of colliding with objects like trees or other motorized
vehicles. An ATV training course will provide safety instruction and ATV handling information. Any new ATV driver (children
and adults alike) should take advantage of training courses. Courses are offered by the ATV Safety Institute, local ATV riding
groups, state departments, and highway departments. Contact ATV manufacturers or distributors who are part of the Specialty
Vehicle Institute of America, they can offer you free trainings.
ATV Safety Information Provided by California State Parks
List of trainings offered through the ATV Safety Institute
Example of State offered ATV safety trainings.
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ATV riding is like any other sport and you need
the necessary equipment and clothing to ensure your safety. It is imperative that your head, eyes, hands, feet and all exposed
flesh are protected at all times. While riding an ATV you will exposed to the elements as well as debris and foliage. You
must also protect yourself in the case of a fall or accident. Always wear a helmet, gloves, ATV boots (protect the ankles),
goggles, chest protector, long sleeved pants and shirts.
Article based on the importance of safety gear for ATVs.
Safety gear messages
ATV Safety for Kids
Children under the age of 6 should
never be on an ATV, period. They should not be passengers and especially not drivers. Young children do not have the physical
or mental ability to handle a powerful motorized vehicle. Teens under the age of 16 years should never be allowed to drive
an adult ATV (engines over 90 cubic centimeters). The CPSC recommends that young children and teens use ATV’s with an
engine size of 90 cc or below. All ATV’s come with manufacturer age recommendations, they should be strictly followed.
There are ATV’s designed for 6 -11 year olds ( Y-6 models which with 70 and below cc engines). These
ATV’s only go up to 15 miles per hour which will ensure that the child does not lose control of the ATV. ATV’s
for 12-15 year olds (Y-12 models with 70 - 90 cc engines) reach speeds of 25 miles per hour. Most of these ATV’s also
have devices which can limit the speeds even further.
Children who will be riding or driving an ATV
should wear all safety gear and go through an ATV safety course. This will ensure their safety out on the trails and protect
them against dangerous accidents.
Information on ATVs and children
ATV facts for children.
Snapshot of ATV related injuries in one Cincinnati hospital.
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There are approximately 9.5 million ATVs in use today and over 150,000
reported ATV injuries annually. This startling statistic is most likely due to the fact that ATV’s are designed to be
more powerful, faster and larger. The majority of accidents are rollovers, which is essentially when the ATV flips over and
smashes the rider. These accidents are extremely dangerous for children who are smaller in weight and size. There are injuries
that are specific to ATV accidents such as: foot amputations (foot gets caught in chain), clothesline injuries to the head
or neck (high speed driving and unknowingly striking a fence or clothesline). Even though children make up 15 percent of ATV
riders, they account for 27 percent of ATV injuries and 28 percent of ATV related deaths.
ATV injury and death related statistics
Startling statistics about children and ATVs
National ATV Statistics
ATVs are NOT toys
Parents and children need to be
educated on ATV safety. In 2007, 27 percent of injures happened to children under the age of 16. ATV’s are not toys.
In fact, they are classified as sport or utility vehicles. If children are going to ride ATVs they need to have strict guidelines
and trainings. Children are not allowed to drive cars! ATV’s have the capacity to reach 100 miles per hour. Protect
children by providing supervision, trainings, proper gear and clothing, and age appropriate ATVs. Failing to do could result
in injury and even death, Between 1995 and 2005 ATVs have killed approximately 1,218 children under the age of 16.
Children and ATV Safety
Organization interested in banning children from riding ATVs
Dangers of children on ATVs
Written By: Andrew Tuttle AndrewT
Submitted By: Genesis Nelson, Researcher
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