Including the 900 ATV-related deaths on paved surfaces, there were nearly 3,000 deaths and 490,000 injuries related to ATVs and ROVs reported during the four-year period.
In addition to knowing the dangers of riding on paved surfaces, all riders should always follow the safety tips below when operating an off-road vehicle.
- Always wear a helmet and other protective gear such as eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirt.
- Never have more passengers than there are seats. Most ATVs are designed for one rider, and ROVs should never have more passengers than there are seat belts.
- Never operate an off-road vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Get hands-on training from a qualified instructor.
- Fasten seat belts and keep all parts of your body inside an ROV.
- Children should not be passengers in a ROV unless their feet can reach the floor in a sitting position.
- Riders younger than 16 should only drive age-appropriate youth model ATVs, never adult ATVs or ROVs.
For more children-specific safety tips related to off-road vehicles, please read an additional blog post from CPSC.
For additional safety information and resources, visit the ATV Safety Information Center at www.ATVsafety.gov or the ROV Safety Information Center, both available at www.CPSC.gov.
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