We understand the importance of prioritizing safety when operating ATVs and motorcycles. We highly recommend formal training to ensure a secure and enjoyable riding experience.
Formal Training for ATV and Motorcycle Safety
Formal, hands-on training plays a crucial role in equipping riders with the necessary skills to handle ATVs and motorcycles in various situations. Studies have shown that drivers with formal training have a lower risk of injuries compared to those without proper training.
Free Training Opportunities
Anyone who purchased a new ATV after December 30, 1986, and everyone in the purchaser’s immediate family who is within the recommended age group for the ATV purchased, is entitled to take a training course at no additional charge. Others can take the training course for a small fee. Ask an authorized dealer for the details or call (800) 887-2887 for training information.
Prioritize Your Safety
Training is a proactive step towards ensuring your safety while riding ATVs and motorcycles. Seek out formal training programs to enhance your skills, reduce risks, and gain the confidence needed for a secure riding experience.
By choosing a certified helmet and complementing it with the right protective gear, you can enjoy your rides with peace of mind, knowing that you've taken the necessary precautions to protect yourself against potential head injuries and other accidents.
Head Injury Prevention
Wearing a helmet can significantly reduce the severity of head injuries. Be sure to choose a helmet that is certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and/or the Snell Memorial Foundation. These certifications ensure that the helmet meets rigorous safety standards, providing you with optimal protection.
Complete Protection Gear
In addition to wearing a helmet, there are other essential protective gear items that you should consider. For both ATV and motorcycle riders, we recommend wearing over-the-ankle boots, goggles, gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. This gear offers protection against cuts, abrasions, and injuries caused by rocks, trees, and other debris you may encounter during your rides.
Safe and Stylish Ride
Wearing the right gear not only safeguards your well-being but also adds a touch of style to your ATV or motorcycle adventures.
Most ATVs are designed to carry only one person – except those fitted by the factory with a rear passenger seat – and should be used according to the design. Built for an interactive ride, ATV drivers must be able to freely adjust their weight in any direction to accommodate for changes in situation and terrain. This is critical to maintaining safe control of the ATV, and riding with passengers inhibits that ability.
Because of how they are made, ATVs are difficult to control on paved roads, causing collisions with other vehicles, which can be deadly. A majority of ATV fatalities occur on paved roads.
Children are involved in about one-third of all ATV-related deaths and hospital emergency room injuries. Most of these deaths and injuries occur when a child is driving or riding on an adult ATV. Children under 16 on adult ATVs are twice as likely to be injured as those riding youth ATVs.
Alcohol and drugs impair reaction time and judgement—two essential skills for safe ATV and motorcycle use.
Always prioritize safety, especially when it comes to youth riders operating ATVs. It's crucial to ensure that young riders have the necessary knowledge and guidance to enjoy their ATV experience safely.
Age and Size Recommendations
It's important to consider age and size when determining their readiness to ride an ATV. Age and size guideline are designed to ensure that young riders can comfortably and safely control the ATV.
Supervision and Training
Adult supervision and proper training are vital for youth riders. A responsible adult should always be present to supervise and guide young riders, especially those who are new to operating ATVs. Consider enrolling youth riders in an ATV training course specifically tailored for their age group. These courses provide valuable safety lessons and teach essential riding skills, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.
Appropriate Safety Gear
Outfitting youth riders with the right safety gear is paramount. Ensure they wear a properly fitting helmet that meets safety standards. Additionally, protective gear such as goggles, gloves, over-the-ankle boots, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts should be worn to protect against cuts, abrasions, and debris encountered during rides. Emphasize the importance of consistently wearing safety gear every time they ride.
Safe Riding Practices
Teach youth riders the fundamentals of safe riding practices. Emphasize the importance of riding within their skill level, obeying all rules and regulations, and respecting the environment and other riders. Encourage them to ride on designated trails or areas approved for ATV use and avoid risky maneuvers or excessive speed.
Regular Maintenance and Inspection
Regular maintenance and inspection of the ATV are crucial for ensuring safe operation. Teach youth riders how to perform basic maintenance tasks and conduct pre-ride checks, such as inspecting tires, brakes, and lights. This instills a sense of responsibility and helps identify any potential mechanical issues before they become safety hazards.
Promote open communication between parents, guardians, and youth riders. Encourage discussions about safe riding practices, potential risks, and any concerns or questions they may have. By fostering a supportive and communicative environment, young riders will feel empowered to make responsible choices and seek guidance when needed.
By following these youth vehicle safety guidelines, you can help ensure that young riders have a safe and enjoyable ATV experience. Remember, responsible riding and prioritizing safety go hand in hand when it comes to youth riders and ATVs.