Safe Family: ATV safety

By: Josh Stevenson Email
By: Josh Stevenson Email

With fall now upon us, that means hunters are out riding ATVs. In today's Safe Family report, Josh Stevenson goes to the experts on how to keep you out of danger.

Riding all-terrain vehicles can be a fun way to spend time outdoors with friends and family, but like all motor vehicles, if used improperly, they can be dangerous.

To operate one of these off-road vehicles safely, it is important to use the vehicle within its designed function.

“You need to first figure out what you’re going to do with it, what kind of riding you’re going to do, who is going to operate it, and then get the machine to do the job,” Butch Miller at Honda Polaris of North Texas says.

Besides having the right kind of machine, having the right kind of gear is critical.

“Most importantly, get safety gear and use it. A helmet, jerseys, boots, chest protectors, pants, goggles -- not glasses -- goggles, you certainly wouldn’t go up 10,000 feet in an airplane and jump out without a parachute. Use a little common sense,” Miller says.

Miller says it is important to remember that the vast majority of ATVs are single-occupant vehicles

“Of course no ATV, unless it is designated as that type, can handle more than one rider, and that is the operator and the operator only.”

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions when operating a piece of equipment and take advantage of provided training.

“There is free training available when you buy an ATV from any of the leading manufacturers. Everyone in the family that is old enough to operate that machine legally can get that training for free.”

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 2, 2008 at 07:50 PM
    to dakota: it only makes sense to get to the off-road places by driving thru the neighborhood. as a tax paying citizen I should have access to public roads. I use my ATV for work in my neighborhood so ATV's are not just for pleasure and irritating you. I should be complaining of the dirt your car stirred up and the repeated trips you make on "OUR DIRT ROAD". if you own a road, put up a gate. if you don't, share it with all of the other tax payers.
  • by opinion Location: Ardmore on Oct 2, 2008 at 01:51 PM
    Just use some common sense when riding ATV's...we have lived on a farm for many years and ATV's are used in place of horses to round up cattle and such...they are "work horses" ...we have always treated the machine with respect and have found them to be very beneficial...these people that drive them like a mad man are just asking for it...
  • by Dakota Location: Platter on Oct 2, 2008 at 12:56 PM
    ATVs are for OFF-ROAD USE ONLY!!!! PLEASE stay out of neighborhoods where you don't live and respect those of us that DO live in those neighborhoods. Our dirt roads are not for your riding pleasure and we don't appreciate the dirt many stir up on purpose.
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