There is no denying it – riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is exciting and fun. They are powerful machines, capable of reaching speeds of more than 70 miles per hour.
Unfortunately, statistics show that ATV accidents cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries each year. The annual total number of accidents and injuries resulting from ATV use went up from 10,000 cases in 1982 to a staggering 15,000 in the year 2017.
Freelance writer Terry Hurley penned an article for LoveToKnow in which she discussed ways to enjoy riding an ATV while remaining as safe as possible.
Become trained to ride your ATV.
Always wear a properly fitted helmet that is certified by the Snell Memorial Foundation and the United States Department of Transportation.
- ATV riders should also wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants, boots that are over the ankle in length, gloves and goggles.
Ride on designated trails.
- Do not drive an ATV on a paved road, except where you must cross one.
Use good sense and practice caution.
- Ride at a safe speed, avoid riding at night or in poor visibility, and never drive if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Follow guidelines for kids.
- A child under the age of 16 should never drive an ATV made for adults.
- Never leave a child riding an ATV unsupervised.
- Children under the age of six should never be on an ATV.
One rider and four wheels.
- Do not drive a passenger on an ATV. Although there are exceptions, most ATVs are designed for only one rider.
- Three-wheeled ATVs have been deemed unsafe and are no longer manufactured. Do not ride one.
Keep up with proper maintenance.
- Proper maintenance ensures your ATV runs smoothly.
- Maintain tire pressure, keep a clean air filter, mind the coolant level, etc.