Tips on ATV Safety

Tips on ATV Safety
As all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) become more and more popular and the riders become younger, hospitals and emergency rooms are seeing more accident victims from these types of vehicles. It’s imperative that owners of ATVs understand just how powerful these all-terrain vehicles are and that as much care needs to be given as if you are operating a car, truck, boat, or motorcycle.  People often think of ATVs as toys, but in truth, they can cause serious injuries and deaths if safe operating procedures like those listed below are not followed.

  • Before you start any new sport where there is the possibility of injury, think about taking a safety course. ATV driver’s safety courses are particularly important for youth and teens that haven’t yet taken drivers education and have little or no experience handling a vehicle.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that ATV riders should be at least 16 or older. Lack of experience and the fact that children may not be large enough to handle an ATV are the main reasons children are often injured when operating these vehicles. Even children 16 and up should be supervised by adults.
  • Remember, safety helmets and other protective gear can save your life. Always wear a helmet, protective eyewear, boots, gloves, long sleeves and long pants. The most serious or fatal injuries occur when a rider is not wearing a helmet and suffers a blow to the head.
  • Make sure you ride your ATV in the proper settings. ATVs are not equipped or intended to be driven on roads and streets where cars and trucks are traveling. Also, avoid terrain that is uneven or might be hazardous and create an unstable surface which could cause the ATV to roll over.
  • Watch your speed! When ATVs are driven too fast it decreases the amount of control you have over your vehicle. High speeds are especially dangerous on rough terrain.
  • Driving under the influence rules that apply to drivers of cars are just as important for ATV operators. Do not operate an ATV while impaired by alcohol or drugs that can impair your reaction time and your good judgement.
  • ATVs should only carry one passenger at a time as they were intended. Having an additional rider can throw off your balance and make your vehicle less stable. Also, driving your ATV safely demands your total focus; a passenger may cause you to be distracted.
  • Never attempt to do tricks or stunts while riding an ATV.
  • Carry a cell phone or communication device if you’re off riding away from other people so you can call for help if you’re injured or your ATV breaks down. Additionally, it’s always good to let people know where you’re heading and how long you’ll be gone.
  • The best tool for safety you have is your own common sense, so use it and stay safe.

Safety is something we must practice every day, all year long. Don’t let a preventable accident rob you of a loved one when simple safety precautions can save a life.  If you need effective legal counsel you can trust, call us at 1.877.732.2491 or fill out the free consultation form in the sidebar to request a free review of your case.

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