All terrain vehicles (ATVs) are everywhere. They’re the preferred vehicle of hunters and outdoor enthusiasts.
However, ATVs are powerful, motorized vehicles than when improperly used can result in serious injury or death of a driver or passenger.
Kentucky ranks in the top 5 of all states in America with the most ATV-accident related deaths. More than one-third of ATV-related death take place on paved roads. One-quarter of deaths happen to children.
If you own an ATV or have access to one, please remember the following guides to make your ATV excursion a safe one:
- ALWAYS wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, boots and gloves when driving an ATV.
- DO NOT ride on paved roads, except to cross from one side to another. ATV’s are unstable on paved surfaces and are specifically designed to be operated off-highway ONLY.
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other substances.
- Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV and no more than two people on an ATV designed for two people.
- Supervise riders younger than 16.
- Ride on designated trails and at a safe speed.
- Take an ATV safety course. Many are available online.
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