ATVs have operator age limitations—
- Keep an ATV well-maintained and do a safety inspection each time it is used.
- Use protective gear—a motorcycle helmet and a pair of glasses, goggles or face shield,
all of which will help reduce the risk of injury as well as keep dust and debris out
of your eyes.
- Fit the ATV to the job—bigger and faster is not always better. A smaller machine is
easier to move by hand if necessary (e.g. if you become stuck or flip the ATV).
- Always lean your body uphill to prevent tipping and flipping. Don’t be afraid to stand
up and really lean into the hill.
- Be extra careful if you have a load on the front or the back of the machine.
- Before dismounting stop ATV completely (preferably on a level surface), set brake,
and shift into park.
- Even if you know your property well, keep an eye out for new environmental hazards
like rocks, logs, sinkholes, ice patches, etc.
- Get hands-on training from a Licensed ATV Safety Institute Trainer (www.atvsafety.org).