ATV Safety Tips
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
- 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:
- ATV Safety.gov – Safety tips, statistics and legislation.
- ATV Safety Institute – Rider training courses, riding gear and safety tips.