Over 90 percent of all ATV-related injuries that involve children are attributed to a lack of physical development that is required to handle the faster, more powerful ATVs of the world. Children under than age of 16 should be on one of the age-appropriate models, which are built to ride at lower speeds than adult ATVs and can be set to an adjustable speed limit.
All ATVs should come equipped with appropriate labels that state the manufacturer’s recommended age for that specific make and model. The chances of a child that is younger than 16 years old receiving serious to fatal injuries significantly increases.
All ATV vehicles, regardless of their size, are only meant to handle one rider at a time.
Each ATV driver needs to be able to easily shift their weight in all directions in order to operate their vehicle correctly. Having more than one rider on an ATV creates an imbalanced system that makes it easier to roll or flip over.
The ATV Safety Institute and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recommend only using certified helmets that have been exposed to and have passed a number of safety tests prior to their release.
Drivers should make sure to wear:
The ATV Safety Institute recommends that all riders – both children and adults over the age of 18 years old — take a hands-on ATV safety course from a licensed or certified instructor.
Most fatal accidents and severe injuries deaths occur when an inexperienced or untrained driver loses control of their vehicle and are thrown off of it, the vehicle flips over, or collides with a another vehicle or fixed object.
Courses are usually offered by safety organizations and/or local community colleges. Some programs offer complete training that runs over the course of a few days and guarantees complete certification when accomplished.
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