Riding an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) is a lot of fun, but safety has to be your first priority especially when it comes to your kids riding an ATV. The following tips will help you to keep your children safe while still having fun riding an ATV.
Is Your Child Ready to Ride an ATV
- Can your child catch a ball with their hands instead of than arms?
- Can your child put a puzzle together?
- Can your child understand safety rules?
- Can your child ride a bicycle?
If you answered no to any of the above questions, your child is probably not ready for an ATV. In addition, children should be at least 10 years old. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission nearly 1/3 of all ATV accidents involve children under the age of 16.
Helmets and Other Protective Gear
- The helmet should fit snug on your child’s head, but not so snug it leaves marks behind when they take it off (children who do not wear a helmet are subject to severe head trauma and death in the event of an accident – even a minor one)
- Jeans and long sleeve shirts (helps to prevent scratches and bruises in a minor accident)
- Boots (provide more protection for their feet than sneakers or flip flops)
- Motorcycle jackets (these are padded jackets that provide extra protection for the upper body)
- Knee pads and elbow pads
Before your child gets on an ATV, a class on how to ride an ATV is strongly recommended. Children of all ages need to learn that an ATV is not a “toy” and that they can get hurt. The class will also educate them on what to do if something unexpected happens, for example, if they go around a corner and start to tip and other similar incidents that can happen. Your child safety is the most important thing, so if you are going to let your child get an ATV, you should also prepare them the best you can for their own safety.