Nowadays, parents would do almost anything to get their children outside, away from video games, enjoying the fresh air. Outdoor activities such as riding motorized vehicles interest both parents and children, and thus have gained popularity. However, many overlook the serious risks posed by children riding ATVs. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states that in the years between 1982 and 2007, the number of ATV-related accidents has risen from 10,100 to a whopping 150,000. About 30% of those accidents involve children under the age of 16. Here are some parenting tips to keep your children safe when riding their ATVs:
- Make helmets non negotiable. Children should always be wearing a helmet, boots, gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt.
- Only allow one rider at a time. Most ATVs are only meant for one person to be using them.
- Ensure that your children understand how dangerous it is to operate ATVs when under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
- Keep ATVs off of paved roads. The tires are not equipped to handle pavement and could possibly roll over.
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