Every year, there are nearly 700 ATV- related deaths and over 100,000 emergency room visits nationwide, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In fact, 53 children in 2016 died who were under the age of 16. Many of these tragic incidents can be prevented if all riders get trained and are supervised while driving.
Before your child goes for a ride on an ATV, Renee McCabe from Safe Kids Greater Augusta recommends these ATV safety tips for all ages:
- Never let a kid under 16 ride an adult ATV
- Stay away from paved roads and ride only on designated trails at a safe speed
- Don’t ride with a passenger or as a passenger
- Always wear protective gear, such as helmets, eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt.
- Get training from a qualified instructor