As warmer weather approaches, more people will be using all-terrain vehicles (ATV) for recreation. While riding an ATV is a fun activity, they can be extremely dangerous. In fact, in the last 10 years, there have been hundreds of ATV-related deaths across Canada.
Here’s how to keep you and your family safe while operating an ATV:
· Read the operator’s manual and attend ATV instruction classes before riding.
· Wear gloves to reduce vibration pressure and to improve grip.
· Wear boots to maintain balance and control, protect feet and legs from debris, and maintain sound footing.
· Wear a long-sleeve shirt and pants to avoid burns and scratches.
· Always be aware of your surroundings. Watch out for wildlife, pedestrians, other ATVs and hazards, such as rocks, branches, and unstable surfaces.
· Drive at safe speeds, taking weather conditions and the terrain into account.
· Never carry additional passengers or operate an ATV while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
· Always ride the right size ATV by following the manufacturer’s recommendations.