ATV Safety – Prevent Serious Brain Injuries
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Certification Teaches Safer Riding
A child’s risk of being hospitalized from riding an off-highway vehicle is a thousand times greater than riding in a car. Getting your children ATV-certified helps them learn safety practices and can help them avoid accidents.
It’s illegal for children under 16 to drive on public roads without certification. To get your kids certified, you can sign up now at Utah ATV Rider’s Ed Course or go to your local off-highway vehicle retailer.
Wearing a Helmet Prevents Serious Brain Injuries
The Intermountain West has the fourth-highest traumatic brain injury hospitalization rate in the country for children ages 5 to 14. About 7 percent of those injuries involve motor vehicles, including ATVs. Having your kids wear a helmet is critical to preventing brain injuries.
Head to Toe Safety Gear
While helmets are very important pieces of safety equipment, it’s also important to dress your kids head to toe with other safety gear such as goggles, a long-sleeved shirt, gloves, sturdy pants and over-the-ankle boots.
Help Your Kids Control Their Ride
To help your children ride more safely, you need to ensure that they have the right-sized ATV, they stay off paved roads, they don’t ride with another person on their ATV, and they always ride within their skill level.