Don't Let Your Child Drive an ATV Unsupervised

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Children are usually fascinated to ride All-Terrain Vehicles due to the thrill and the new experience these vehicles offer. They love to perform stunts and particularly under peer pressure, they tend to compromise on their own safety. As a result, letting children ride off road vehicles without adult supervision leads to a high risk situation.

As children are not capable enough to understand the nuances of safe rides, they require guidance from adults on how to ride these vehicles. Children normally do not have the body size, the strength and the motor skills that are required for the safe handling of the vehicle, and the time they take to react to any hazardous situation is also longer in comparison with adults. Moreover, higher risk-taking behaviour can be found among teenagers.

Therefore, supervision of adults is indispensable for the safety of the kids. Here are some factors that you should keep in mind while your children venture into their ATV adventures.

Always purchase an All-Terrain Vehicle that is appropriate for your kid’s age. ATV manufacturers generally recommend the age group that should use the particular models.  These models vary in their engine size, size of the vehicle, safety factors and the like. For instance, an engine size of 50cc is recommended for children of age 6 and above. Also, mini ATVs that are designed for kids come with special safety features for their protection.

Enrol your child in an ATV driver’s safety course held at your vicinity.  This will provide your child an understanding of the safety measures that should be taken while riding the quad bike.

  1. Make use of flags, lights and reflectors to make the vehicle more conspicuous.
  2. Make sure that your children use helmets and are dressed appropriately by wearing gloves, long sleeved shirts, goggles, long pants, boots and the like every time they use the four-wheeler.
  3. As children look up to adults for guidance, set an example for them by not riding your own ATV under the influence of any substances that impair the normal thinking and motor abilities.
  4. These off road vehicles, as the name suggests, are strictly meant for off road use. Do not let your child drive them in paved roads.
  5. Provide your child with a communication device so that both of you can get in touch with each other as and when the situation demands.

These are some of the tips that you can implement for a safer ride for your kids.  What are the measures that you have taken regarding your kid’s safety while riding the All-Terrain Vehicle and how has it helped your kid? Share your thoughts with us.

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Shashank Mohan has 4 articles online

Shashank is an experienced blogger and columnist who loves all things related to the Off Road Vehicles like ATV, Polaris Ranger RZR etc. In this article he has shared some valuable nuances of safe All Terrain Vehicles driving for kids.

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This article was published on 2013/06/28