With the recent high-profile ATV accident involving Britney Spears' niece, some are questioning the safety of ATVs, especially when driven by children.
Like all vehicles, ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) need to be driven safely to avoid accidents, but they come with specific guidelines given their off-road ability and lack of safety features when compared to cars.
- When driving an ATV, be sure to wear a helmet, goggles, a long-sleeved shirt and long pants, gloves, and shoes or boots that cover the ankle.
- ATVs are meant to be driven off-road and don't belong on roadways—especially highways.
- Like all vehicles, ATVs should never be driven under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Single-rider ATVs should never be driven with a passenger.
- Different ATVs are built with different age groups in mind—finding the right vehicle is critical.
- Riders under the age of 16 should ALWAYS be supervised—ATVs are powerful vehicles, not toys.
- ATVs should only be driven on well-marked, designated trails, and only at safe speeds.
If your children frequently drive ATVs, be sure they're supervised at all times, and make sure they're well-educated on proper driving techniques.
If necessary, ATV driving courses are available to give you more peace of mind. Have fun, and be safe out there.