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ATVing for the Entire Family

Since their debut to the public decades, ATVs have become increasingly popular. They are very appealing to riders because of the amount of excitement one feels as they are currently riding. People are discovering that the entire family can enjoy the excitement of the ATV. Though, people are often injured while ATVing, and because of this, it is important that adults do whatever they can to ensure the safety of both themselves and their kids.  

To drive an ATV safely, one has to be strong, proficient, and, most significant, mature. This is the reason we should never operate an ATV. Adults should not forget that it also takes strength and stamina to be a passenger. A rider who's sitting behind the driver needs to have the ability to hold on for a long duration. Often, they need to hold on while the ATV goes over the ground at a high rate. The guideline is that any child who is younger than six years old should never be allowed to ride as a passenger on an ATV. 

It is not surprising to discover that head injuries are one of the causes of both death and serious injury on ATVs. These injuries occur when ATVers crash, fall or overturn while moving. It needs to be remembered that children can also be injured if they are towed by an ATV through winter months while they are on a sled, tube, tire, or device that's being pulled by an ATV. In Canada, statistics show that four children younger than 16 years of age die in recreational vehicle-related accidents annually.

So, the question becomes, how do ATVs be used so that they are loved by each and every member of their family who's old enough to do so? If your family happens to own an ATV, be sure no one under the age of 16 is allowed to drive it. Again, it is important that you don't ever allow any children younger than six years of age to ride as passengers. If you are a parent who owns and operates an ATV, consider following these principles to be an opportunity to mimic the Kind of behavior you want your children to display.  

Before you head out on your ATV experience, be sure to be careful when fueling the ATV. Burns are possible, and you want to avoid them. Make certain to use the proper lifting methods when loading ATVs on and off trailers. This will help you prevent strains and crush injuries. Make sure you check the weather forecast before you go out. It is not a good idea if there is a significant storm brewing to venture out. Also, make sure that you inspect the condition of the trails. Depending on how mountainous the space in which you will be ATVing is, you may want to assess whether there's the danger of an accident. In the winter, be sure to avoid ATVing on ice if you are not 100% sure that the ice is thick.  

You should also be able to spot the signs of hypothermia if you're ATVing in the wintertime and know what to do if it does happen. Make certain you always travel with the equipment. You'll want to have well-insulated protective clothing, such as goggles, waterproof suits and gloves, and boots. Of course, you need to make sure that everyone who will be riding is currently wearing a helmet approved for ATVing. Another thing you can do to ensure the safety of you and your family is to attach colored antenna flags to your ATV. You will definitely want to do this if you are currently driving in a hilly area.  

Needless to say, the most important thing you can do to make sure the safety of your family is to drive carefully. Use wisdom and caution. If you've followed the preceding guidelines, you will realize that ATVing is a sport that can be appreciated by members of your family.