Top 10 Suggestions for ATV Safety (also available in Spanish)
Adult-sized ATVs are not suitable for youth under age 16.
Statistics bear this out:
- Nationally over 30,000 children age 14 and under were treated in hospital emergency rooms for ATV-related injuries (fractured bones, head and facial injuries) in a recent year.
- Children ages 10-14 account for 75% of the deaths from ATV injuries.
- Over 90% of the ATV related injuries to children under age 16 were caused by adult-sized ATVs.
By following the Top 10 Suggestions for ATV Safety, operators should find ATV use pleasant and productive and that ATV injury and fatality incidents can be avoided. Safe riding to you.
Choose the right ATV:
Operators must be able to control ATV
Age of Operator ATV Engine Size Under age 6 not recommended Age 6-11 under 70 cc. Age 12-15 70-90 cc. 16 years & older over 90 cc
Be safe with an ATV that has:
- Coil springs and shocks absorbers to increase stability.
- An automatic transmission to reduce “popping the clutch” rear overturn risks.
- Rear carrying racks only on adult-sized ATVs.
- A helmet with full face shield or goggles.
- Non-slip high top shoes.
- Long sleeves and pants.
No extra riders!
Complete a training course. Contact:
- ATV Safety Institute at www.atvsafety.org.
- Your Department of Conservation & Natural Resources. In Pennsylvania,
Provide adult supervision of beginning riders.
- Supervisory controls (throttle limiters, exhaust restrictors and remote
shut-off switches) assist in supervision.
Avoid rear overturns:
- Carry less than 1/3rd the weight of the ATV on the rear carrier rack.
- Hitch only to manufacturer supplied hitch points to maintain safe “angle of pull.”
Avoid side overturns:
- Understand principles of center of gravity and centrifugal force.
- Avoid high speeds and jerky steering.
- Be aware of rough terrain.
Know the weight limitations of your ATV:
Keep towed load amounts less than the combined weight of the ATV & operator.
Don’t drive on roads:
- It’s prohibited except to cross.
For a spanish version please contact Peggy Newel at firstname.lastname@example.org.