ATV Safety

Friday, March 30, 2012

ATVs are increasingly popular among kids and adults of all ages. They can be useful for work and fun to ride, but they can also be dangerous. Dr. Ed Hill discusses ATV safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

All-terrain vehicles have become popular for work and recreation. Unfortunately, reported cases of serious injury and death have increased along with their increased use.

Like other activities involving high speeds and heavy machinery, riding an ATV can be risky. To help stay safe, follow these common sense safety tips:

An ATV is not a toy. Children should not be permitted to operate ATVs without specialized training and then they should be allowed to only operate an ATV of an appropriate size.

Wear appropriate riding gear. Many ATV injuries are head injuries. Wearing a helmet may reduce the severity of these injuries. Also be sure to wear goggles, gloves, over-the-ankle boots, long-sleeve shirt and long pants.

Read owners manuals carefully.

ATVs are not made for multiple riders. Never carry anyone else on the ATV.

Remember that any added attachments affect the stability, operating and braking of the ATV.

Do not operate the ATV on streets, highways or paved roads.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.