Parents who love hitting the trail on all-terrain vehicles will likely introduce their children to the fun. ATVs include four-wheeled vehicles for single or double passengers. Many can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Establishing safety guidelines for a new family ATV will help kids learn to avoid accidents on all-terrain vehicles. Try these five tips when purchasing an ATV for a child to ride.
Before kids drive an ATV, they should take an ATV RiderCourse℠ from the ATV Safety Institute®. Better yet, parents can take this class along with their children to lead by example and demonstrate the importance of ATV safety. When choosing an ATV, be sure to thoroughly read the owner's manual and understand how it operates before allowing children to ride.
Wear the Right Gear
Every rider should be outfitted with a helmet that complies with Department of Transportation guidelines, goggles, and gloves. Wear long sleeves and long pants while riding to prevent injury in a collision or fall.
State laws govern ATV usage, so riders should be familiar with the guidelines in their jurisdiction. ATVs should only be ridden on designated trails at a safe speed and are not designed for highway use. Never drive or ride on an ATV carrying more than the intended number of passengers, and don't allow children driving an ATV to carry passengers. Do not drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Supervise children younger than 16 and avoid letting children younger than 10 ride an ATV.
Choose the Right ATV
ATVs have recommended manufacturer guidelines for age and weight. These should be followed closely, particularly when choosing an ATV for a child. Check the label, which indicates the minimum age at which a child can operate that specific model. Have children stand on the footrests and hold the handgrips; they should have at least three inches of clearance between their rear end and the saddle to safely maneuver. Make sure he or she can properly reach and operate all the controls.
Children who have not demonstrated athletic facility, such as those who are unable to ride a bike, do not generally have the coordination to drive an ATV. Kids should have good motor development and be able to judge visual distances. It's also important to think about the child's ability to follow rules, history of reckless behavior, and ability to reason and make sound decisions.
When it's time, shop for a new family ATV at Town & Country Sports Center in Cement City. Our family-owned business provides outstanding customer service, extensive inventory, and high-quality service and repairs. Go online to schedule a test ride.