All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are versatile and can be used for work purposes as well as for recreation. ATVs operate well in wooded areas and are useful when riders need to get on and off the vehicle frequently or haul small cargo loads.
The hard facts
ATV riding has the highest risk of injury requiring hospitalization compared to 33 other sports, including snowboarding, wrestling, football, basketball and skateboarding. In 2011, U.S. emergency rooms treated 107,500 injuries from ATV users. Of those injured, 28 percent- or 30,100 - were under the age of 16. From 1982 to 2011, there have been 539 total reported deaths in the state of Kentucky, 69 of which were children under the age of 16. The dangers of ATVs are real, but with proper education, safety habits and parental supervision, ATV-related injuries and deaths can be prevented. What's wrong with this picture? Read the Top Tips to find out!
- All riders (operator and passengers) under the age of 16 must wear helmets. Select a motorcycle or motorized sports helmet and make sure the helmet is certified by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and/or the Snell Memorial Foundation. In addition, wear over-the-ankle boots, long pants, gloves, goggles and long sleeves to protect against cuts and abrasions and other injuries from rocks, trees and debris.
- Do not drive your ATV on paved roads. Due to the way they are made, they are difficult to control and collisions with cars and other motorized vehicles can be deadly.
- Children should drive age-appropriate ATV's and according to state law, no one under 16 may operate an ATV without parental supervision.
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