There may be weight limits or height requirements for riding a standard size ATV. Usually there’s a manufacturer warning included (regarding requirements and instructions), so it’s important to read and adhere to them before riding.
Ways to Ensure Safe ATV Riding
Standard size ATVs are typically not safe for children and even some teens. Therefore, someone small in stature might also reconsider using an adult-sized ATV. Riders should be big enough and heavy enough to maintain control of the vehicle.
The risk of injury is significant when someone’s physique isn’t able to handle an ATV. In some cases this leads to a rollover, which can be fatal. It’s also important to note that the state of West Virginia suggests that children under the age of 16 shouldn’t operate an ATV that has an engine size greater than 90cc.
There are other ways that riding an ATV can be safer; for instance, wearing a helmet. Although the law only requires those under the age of 18 wear one, it’s a good idea for all riders to have on a helmet.
West Virginia also does not allow carrying more than one passenger unless the manufacturers’ recommendations allow for it. However, passengers under the age of 18 are not allowed unless the operator is 18 years or older, or has at least a level two intermediate driver’s license (or its equivalent).
Finally, all operators should enroll in an ATV safety course. It’s required for those under the age of 18, but even adults would benefit from taking it.
ATVs can be a lot of fun. But they can also be unsafe when the operator doesn't meet size requirements or doesn't ride it correctly. By following these safety measures, operators may reduce risk of accidents and injuries.
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