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ATV Safety

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on September 10, 2010

Yamaha Kodiak Ultramatic All-terrain vehicle
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One day I looked out my window and saw a neighbor’s teenager driving an ATV very fast down the road.  He had a friend sitting on the front fender and two friends sitting of the back of the ATV.  Had he stopped suddenly, hit a bump, or lost control of the vehicle, all four of them could of been killed.  While ATVs have their uses, they should be used cautiously and carefully so that injury or death does not occur.

In 2001, there were 111,700 reported injuries attributed to ATVs.  Approximately a third of those were to drivers under the age of 16.  Since most people using ATVs are not going to give them up, here is how to use them safely.

  • Do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Do not drive like a bat out of hell.  Make haste slowly.
  • Do not carry passengers.  One person per vehicle.
  • Do not let a child operate an ATV meant for an adult.  It is too big for them to control.
  • Obey the laws about rider certification, driving on public roads, and required equipment
  • wear a helmet and eye protection
  • Let someone know where you are going

Most manufactures have safety classes you can take to learn to safely operate your ATV.  They also cover the laws governing where you can go on one and when.  Before driving and ATV on public lands, the driver must attend a state approved safety class.  You can call (800) 887-2887 to find one.

ATVs can be a valuable addition to the farm or ranch.  As with anything, however, they must be used correctly or they will injure or kill you.  Then who will care for your family?

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Tracy January 26, 2011 at 12:49 am

I will let my niece read this article in order for him to alarm. They used to have a ride more than two. Maybe this would be a lesson for them.
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