All-terrain vehicles are vehicles that are often used as fun. In most states, it is legal for older children and teenagers to drive them, even if they don’t have a driver’s license. But in addition to emotion, they generate significant security risks.
All-terrain vehicles can be unstable and difficult to control, especially at high speeds. Rollovers and collisions often occur, and in some cases they are lethal. Injuries from traveling in all-terrain vehicles are also common and may end up in a visit to the emergency room. As a result, the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) advises that children and adolescents under 16 years of age drive or get into all-terrain vehicles.
If you decide to allow your child to drive or ride in an all-terrain vehicle, make sure that you follow the safety precautions and understand how to drive the vehicle safely. While this diminishes the danger of damage or passing, the best way to truly guard kids is to keep them away going to travel in all-terrain vehicles.
What Are All-Terrain Vehicles?
All-terrain vehicles are motor vehicles that are designed to ride on off-road areas. They usually have four large balloon-type tires, with a seat in the center on which the driver is located while controlling the steering with the handlebar. All-terrain tricycles were available earlier, but in 1988 the manufacturing was stopped due to concerns about stability and safety.
The weight of these vehicles is 600 pounds and the powerful engines allow them to reach speeds of 65 miles per hour or even more. They do not have roll bars, safety cages or seat belts this makes the vehicle quite risky for kids. This means that they can easily tip over, throw drivers and passengers out of the vehicle or even crush them. This can cause major injuries to the body especially head injuries. Other common injuries include cuts, broken clavicle tears and broken arms and legs.
Who Can Use?
To drive all-terrain vehicles, no certain age limit is required and no specific regulations are there. On the contrary, each state has its own rules and laws. Some states require that those who use an all-terrain vehicle be over 16 years old and have a safety certificate. Other states allow children as young as 10 to use these vehicles as long as they are supervised by an adult with a valid driver’s license.
The AAP does not recommend the use of all-terrain vehicles for children and adolescents under 16 years. These vehicles may be too large for young children to drive safely, even if it is legal for them to use them. To drive an ATV securely, the driver must settle on fast choices, for example, quickening, decelerating or running his weight in light of changes in the earth.
Kids under 16 are probably not going to have the option to settle on these choices and can complete them. Make sure your child is aware of the rules if he uses ATV. Visit the Commission for Consumer Product Safety (CPSC) online to gather this information. This applies even if the child is not the one driving the all-terrain vehicle.