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ATV & Snowmobile Safety

ATVs and snowmobiles are fun recreational vehicles but at up to 600 pounds and the ability to go 60 miles per hour, can be dangerous, especially for children. Keep your child safe and free from injury so they can enjoy the ride.

In 2012, there were over 25,000 injuries from ATVs involving kids under 16 years old.

Snowmobile Safety

  • Children under 16 shouldn't operate a snowmobile.

  • Never snowmobile alone.

  • Always wear a helmet and other protective gear, such as goggles.

  • Wear proper clothing, such as waterproof snow suits and rubber boots.

  • Only ride snowmobiles in permitted areas.

  • Adult supervision when snowmobiles are being used is key.

  • Always keep headlights and taillights on; brightly colored flags and reflectors are also good additions to have.

  • Be extra cautious on trails you are unfamiliar with; they can pose additional hazards.

  • Never operate a snowmobile under the influence.

  • Know the laws in your state.

ATV Safety

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 16 should not be passengers or drivers of an ATV.

  • Always wear a helmet, every time you ride.

  • Proper clothing includes:

    • long, fitted pants

    • long sleeves

    • closed toed shoes

    • gloves

    • goggles or other protective eye wear

  • Ensure the ATV is the proper size/type for the driver’s age, size, and experience.

  • Equip the ATV with flags, lights, and reflectors to be more visible to others.

  • Take a safety certification course prior to operating an ATV.

  • Never ride on paved roads except to cross when it is safe and permitted by law; ATVs are meant to be off-road vehicles.

  • Never operate an ATV under the influence.

  • Never exceed the number of passengers allowed on the ATV.

  • Avoid riding in the dark.

  • Ensure there is adult supervision during any ATV activity.

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