ATV’s Pose Hazards to Children Off and On The Road

July 9, 2012

It should be no surprise that something called an All Terrain Vehicle comes attached with an increased level of danger, but regardless, every year the number of deaths and injuries involving ATV’s increases.  With June and July representing the peak months for off-road vehicle accidents, now is the time to stay mindful of the dangers involved with riding ATV’s, for yourself and your children.  Click here to learn more and watch the NBC Nightly News report about the growing concern of off-road vehicles.

Many health and safety representatives believe that children and young adolescents lack the physical size and strength, as well as cognitive and motor skills to operate an ATV safely. One of the most important things to remember is that these recreational vehicles are not “one size fits all.”  The majority of them are not designed for children under the age of 16, and none of them are meant to be used carelessly.

In 2005, the family members of three children who had been killed while driving off-road vehicles created an organization called The Concerned Families for ATV Safety, dedicating themselves to raising awareness and promoting safety.

But while the focus is on children, adults are not exempt from the hazards of ATV’s either, with misjudgment being the most common factor in accidents. Many people forget just how easy it is to flip over, due to the importance of weight distribution. Other safety precautions are often overlooked as well, such as proper speed, carrying a passenger and wearing protective equipment.