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ATVs: How To Avoid Injuries This Summer | Trending

SATURDAY, May 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) — For many Americans, summer means all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).

These devices are popular with adults and children alike — and injuries sustained in accidents involving ATVs and other off-road vehicles kill approximately 700 people each year in the United States. About 100,000 people are treated in the country’s emergency departments for injuries resulting from the use of all-terrain vehicle (OHV) vehicles.

That’s why the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is offering tips for safer driving as summer 2022 gets underway.

“These vehicles are not toys and should only be used as directed,” commission chairman Alex Hoehn-Saric said in a CPSC press release. “It is crucial for their own safety that drivers under the age of 16 only drive age-appropriate youth models and never adult models. And they should all always drive safely and wear protective gear.”

The CPSC recommends receiving hands-on training from a qualified instructor at an ATV Safety Institute course.

OHVs include all-terrain vehicles, all-terrain recreational vehicles, and all-terrain vehicles.

Here are some important safety tips for using them:

  • Never ride with more passengers than there are seats. Most ATVs are designed for a single rider.
  • Do not ride on public roads except to cross where permitted by law. Stay away from paved roads.
  • Do not drink alcohol before or while riding an ATV. As with drinking and driving, alcohol can impair judgment and reaction time.
  • Always wear a helmet and other protective gear, including eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt.
  • Drivers under the age of 16 should only drive age-appropriate youth models, never adult models.

Between 2016 and 2018, 2,211 people died in OHV incidents nationwide, according to the CPSC. ATVs accounted for nearly three quarters of those deaths. Almost 300 children under the age of 16 participated.

Over a five-year period, ATVs were the vehicle involved in 96% of OHV injuries.

State laws for ATVs vary widely. More than 42% of OHV incident deaths between 2016 and 2018 occurred in 10 states: Texas, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and California, Florida, North Carolina, New York, Alabama and Michigan.

More information

The ATV Safety Institute has more information on safer driving.

SOURCE: US Consumer Product Safety Commission, press release, May 25, 2022

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