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ATV Safety Tips

ATV rider with helmet on wooded trail

Smart riders stay safe on the terrain

ATV riding can be fun and exciting, but hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries are associated with this activity every year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Many of these accidents are the result of irresponsible driving and not obeying the rules of road.

Drive safely every time you ride

Like other activities involving high speeds and heavy machinery, riding an ATV can be risky. To help stay safe, follow these tips from the ATV Safety Institute:

  • Take a hands-on safety training course.

  • Wear a helmet, goggles, gloves, long sleeves, long pants and over-the-ankle boots.

  • Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV or more than one passenger on an ATV designed for two.

  • Never ride on paved roads; ATVs are designed for off-highway use.

  • Ride only on designated trails and at safe speeds.

  • Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Children and ATVs

Tragically, many of those hurt in ATV accidents are children under 16. Statistics show nearly 90 percent of youth ATV-related injuries occur when a child is operating an adult-sized ATV. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that no child under 16 ride an ATV of any size.

If you do allow your child to ride an ATV, choose one appropriate for their size – and have the child take an age-appropriate training course first.

For ATV riders under 16, constant adult supervision is strongly recommended. Remind young riders that ATVs are not toys.

Additional ATV safe riding resources

For more information about safely operating an ATV, visit these sites:



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