Youth ATV Safety - Three Most Important Tips.
Youth ATV Safety should be at the top of your list if you're even
thinking about getting the tike a four wheeler. Even if your retirement
plan doesn't depend on your offspring, you want to keep the little one
safe. After all, these are the people that will decide if you end up in a
rest home or not. (AARP prefers the term "retirement center").
These tips focus on what we think are the three most critical factors
concerning ATV safety for your kids. Education, supervision, and proper
riding gear. We cover each one in more detail below.
Proper training and safety gear will improve your child's ATV safety.
Education - This would mean you and your kids. Even
if you think you know what's going on, you can always learn something
new. A good rider education course is my favorite place to start.
I took a course after riding and racing more than 30 years
and was shocked at how much I learned. Chances are you will be too.
There's a reason this is listed first, please don't skip it.
Check with your local ATV dealers about courses in your area or click this link for more info. ATV Safety Institute Rider Course.
Supervision - Simply put, you or some
other responsible adult should keep your kid in sight at all times. This
ATV safety tip will cost you nothing but your attention. In the entire
animal kingdom, humans may do the worst job of watching their young.
Grizzly bears don't let their cubs out of sight, neither should you.
Safety Gear - I love safety gear. Over the years, I've had
occasion to test a lot of it first hand. One thing I always noticed as I
was impersonating Superman flying through the air ... never regretting
wearing it! In fact, I usually wished for more of it.
This list will give you the basics for youth ATV safety gear first - then some options that can be added.
Youth ATV Safety Gear
- Absolutely, positively, NEVER
let your child get on an ATV without a helmet. Remember how
freaked out when you accidentally dropped him on his head? This is 10
A helmet is the most important piece of youth ATV safety equipment you can buy. Be sure to get a helmet that is at least DOT approved.
four wheelers are supposed to be fun. Not wearing a helmet is the
quickest way to experience the opposite of that. Enough said.
- You know when your parents told you not to do certain things because
"you could lose an eye like that"? Well, turns out when it comes
to youth ATV safety, they would have been right.
wouldn't let the little one stand in front of a sandblaster, so don't
let 'em ride without eye protection. And goggles are the best eye
- As I'm typing this, looking at the accumulation of scars on my hands
from not wearing gloves, I can't get the word "idiot" out of my mind.
Here's a great chance to force your will on your child - enjoy it! By
the way, nothing fancy, any good, sturdy glove will do just fine.
sleeve shirt or jacket - Yes, even if it's hot. Just think
how cool it will be not
to have to call your wife to meet you at the emergency room to get
juniors elbow stitched up.
pants - Same as above. Just substitute "knee" for elbow.
or shoes that cover the ankles
- Ever been riding and had a snake get wrapped around your ankle? I
have and what a rush it was! Bet I pumped enough adrenaline to jump
start Dick Cheney's heart. So why am I sharing that with you? Because
you just never know what can jump off the ground and grab you ... or
That pretty well covers the basics of youth atv safety gear. Now
we'll list a few options if things are starting to get a little more
Advanced Youth ATV Rider Wear
- Upgrade to motocross racing style helmet -
Designed for more protection at higher speeds.
- Racing style motocross gloves - Same deal. Just
a higher level of protection with more padding and tougher materials.
- Padded motocross pants - More of the same.
Extra padding and thickness in high impact areas like hips and knees.
- Motocross boots - Still more of the above. They
extend further up the leg and have built-in shin guards and ankle
- Chest protector - Protects the chest and rib
area. Some models also have back protectors included.
- Elbow and knee guards - If what you already
have doesn't include these, they can be added separately.
brace and protector - Keeps the neck from being overextended and helps
protect the collar bone from the bottom of the helmet.
OK, all that could probably withstand a nuclear blast. It would
certainly blast a hole in your wallet if you bought it all at once! The
main point to remember is that the faster the kid goes, the more
protection he needs.
Our three main ATV Safety Tips to remember are equal parts rider and
parent education, appropriate riding gear, and supervision while riding.
Follow those guidelines and you and your child should have a great ATV
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