Keep Kids Safe on ATVs
ATV riding can be a great pastime for a child, and if they follow the proper safety precautions, it can be a safe one as well. Many children and adults are injured every year from the result of ATV accidents, and many of these injuries are preventable if the riders had only taken the proper safety precautions. Children are especially prone to injure themselves when riding an ATV because they do not have the skills and maturity level of an adult.
ATV’s are powerful machines and children can have a hard time controlling them as well. This is not to say that ATV’s are not suitable for children, but children should follow some safety tips to reduce their chances of being injured while on their ATV.
Children should be taught the correct way to use an ATV before they are allowed to ride and should understand the safe way to operate one before they ride. They should know that an ATV is not a toy and can be very dangerous. Children should be taught the correct way to turn, brake, and how to control the ATV. Many places require minors to take a training course, and even if your area does not it is still a good idea. These courses will teach your child how to safely ride an ATV and will give them experience handling one.
While looking good and dressing as a part of a team can help in driving performance, safety is the number one purpose of ATV riding gear. Every rider should wear a helmet, gloves, and specially designed pants and tops, especially f they are riding competitively. A helmet is the most obvious and important piece or riding gear.
A helmet can be designed with style in mind, but it should also be high quality and meet all safety standards. The array of colors and design for ATV helmets are astounding so you are sure to be able to find a helmet that is both safe and stylish. Gloves are another important part of a rider’s safety gear. They help ATV riders keep a firm grip and protect fingers and hands form scratches and abrasions.
Children should not be allowed to take passengers as this is another practice that causes accidents. Passengers can distract a child driver and make the ATV harder to maneuver. Children should also be involved in the maintenance of their ATV and should only ride their ATV if it is in safe working condition. If children follow these safety rules, they should have a safe and enjoyable time with their ATV.
If you do not think your child is mature enough to handle the responsibility of safe driving, wait until they are older to get them an ATV. Kids should only drive an ATV that is the correct size and should always be supervised. If kids follow the rules and parents enforce them, ATV riding can be fun and safe.