June 10, 2019

Riding an all-terrain vehicle can be a very exciting and fun experience. Unfortunately, it can also be a dangerous one for those lacking knowledge and experience.

CAMC Trauma Services offers the following suggestions to keep you safe while enjoying a ride:

  • Make sure the ATV is in good working order, including the lights, brakes and tires.
  • Only ride ATVs appropriate for your size and age group.
  • Never ride above your own skill level. Be cautious in unfamiliar territory.
  • Never operate an ATV while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Wear proper gear

  • Select a helmet that meets or exceeds the state’s safety standards and carries one of the following labels: Department of Transportation (DOT), the American National Standards Institute standard, z 90.1 (ANSI) or Snell Memorial Foundation. Your helmet should fit snugly and fasten securely.
  • Full-face helmets are the best way to protect to your face and head. Otherwise wear riding goggles to prevent injury from flying debris.
  • Always wear boots that come above the ankle and have non-skid protection. An off-road boot such as a motocross boot offers the most protection to the feet, ankles and legs.
  • Gloves can prevent bruising and provide protection from scratches. They also keep your hands from becoming sore, tired or cold.
  • A long-sleeved shirt will protect you from cuts and scratches.
  • Pants should cover your legs and be made of a tough material.
  • Shoulder, knee and elbow pads provide extra protection in case of a fall.

WATCH: Trauma Nurse Clinician, Doug Douglas demonstrates ATV safety.

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