Take Safety Seriously This Spring
Riding an All Terrain Vehicle or ATV is a popular recreational activity as the weather warms up. Because an ATV is a heavy piece of equipment that can travel at high speeds, riders should follow safety recommendations to avoid accidents that can cause serious injury and even death.
- Do not carry passengers unless your ATV is designed for more than one person.
- Only ride an ATV that is appropriate to your size, according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
- Stay on marked trails and obey trail signs. Avoid public roads.
- Operate the ATV at recommended speeds, taking into account trail conditions and visibility.
- Avoid riding at night when visibility is poor.
- Always wear a helmet, eye protection and proper clothing.
- Never use alcohol or other drugs when operating an ATV.
- Fatigue can also affect your ability to operate an ATV. If you are not adequately rested, stay off your ATV.
- Take an ATV safety course offered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
THREE-WHEELERS POSE SPECIAL DANGER
In 1987, ATV manufacturers agreed to stop producing three-wheeler ATVs because of their high incidence of rollovers and injuries. However, because existing three-wheelers were not recalled, millions of these unsafe vehicles remain in use across the United States. If you choose to operate an ATV, make sure it's a four-wheeler.