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ATVs or All Terrain Vehicles are very popular nowadays, but the number of serious injuries associated with their use has also increased. Males between the ages of 20 and 34 are the most frequent victims of ATV-related deaths and the leading cause of death was the ATV rolling or flipping. Most injuries were related to speed, inexperience and alcohol consumption. Speed can be fatal when an operator loses control of the vehicle. An over-correction in steering can lead to an ATV being easily overturned.

Here are some safety tips when driving an ATV.

The size and type of ATV should be based on the person operating it because it can affect the driver’s control of the vehicle and their sense of balance. Children under the age of 16 should not operate any size of ATV because they lack the strength to control the vehicle. They also lack skill and experience to quickly judge a potentially dangerous situation.

Practice the following safety measures:

Wear an approved helmet with face and eye protection as well as other safety ATV Accessories.

Do not carry a passenger or be a passenger on an ATV built for one person only.

Take an ATV operator training course.

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