All-Terrain Vehicle Safety
Too many ATV riders -- young and old -- are dying or experiencing life altering injuries from incidents involving ATVs. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that all ATV riders follow the seven safety tips below every time they ride.
An estimated 740 people died in 2003* in incidents associated with ATVs. In addition, in 2004* there were an estimated 136,100 emergency room treated injuries associated with ATVs. About a third of all deaths and injuries involved victims under 16 years old. CPSC also reported that ridership has continued to grow, with 6.2 million 4-wheeled ATVs in use in 2003*.
The major ATV manufacturers agreed in Consent Decrees in 1988 and in subsequent voluntary action plans that they would not manufacture three-wheel ATVs; they would place engine size restrictions on ATVs sold for use by children under 16; and they would offer driver-training programs.
Children and young people under the age of 16 should not ride adult ATVs.
All ATV users should take a hands-on safety training course.
Always wear a helmet and safety gear such as boots and gloves while on an ATV.
Never drive an ATV on paved roads.
Never drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Never drive a youth or single-rider adult ATV with a passenger, and never ride these vehicles as a passenger.
There are some ATVs that are designed for two riders. Passengers on tandem ATVs should be at least 12 years old.