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All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety
All-terrain vehicles, or ATVs, are off-road, motorized vehicles that have three or four low pressure tires. ATVs typically are designed for one rider (the operator); however, certain models do allow for passengers. ATVs come in a range of sizes and include both adult and youth models. Manufacturers recommend that children under the age of 16 not operate an adult-sized ATV and that children younger than six not ride on ATVs at all.
ATVs are designed to be off-road vehicles and require interactive riding (the ability of operators to shift their weight freely in all directions). However, off-road terrain and conditions are often unpredictable and changing. In this environment, ATVs can easily roll or become difficult to handle. Safety training and riding experience are critical to staying safe on an ATV. Many people view ATVs as toys when in fact, they are powerful and potentially dangerous vehicles.
Preventing ATV-related Injuries
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