As warmer weather approaches, more people will be using all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for recreation. While riding an ATV is a fun activity, these vehicles can be extremely dangerous. In fact, every year there are over 300 ATV-related deaths across the United States.
Here's how to keep yourself and your family safe while operating an ATV:
- Read the operator's manual and attend ATV instruction classes before riding.
- Wear gloves to reduce vibration pressure and to improve grip.
- Wear boots to maintain balance and control, protect feet and legs from debris, and maintain sound footing.
- Wear a long-sleeve shirt and pants to avoid burns and scratches.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Watch out for wildlife, pedestrians, other ATVs and hazards like rocks, branches, and unstable surfaces.
- Drive at safe speeds, taking weather conditions and the terrain into account.
- Never carry additional passengers, or operate an ATV under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Always ride the right size ATV by following the manufacturer's recommendations.