ATVs are not toys.
Serious injury can result from improper use of ATVs, which handle differently than other vehicles, such as motorcycles and cars. Proper instruction and practice are important. Under Florida law, ATVs are not allowed to be used on paved roads.
ATV Safety Institute’s Golden Rules:
- Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and gloves.
- Never ride on paved roads except to cross when done safely and permitted by law – another vehicle could hit you. ATVs are designed to be operated off-highway.
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.
- Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.
- Supervise riders younger than 16.
- Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
- Take a hands-on ATV RiderCourse and the free online e-Course. Visit ATVSafety.org or call 800-887-2887.
To inquire about having a Safety Sam ATV presentation, please email Sally.Kreuscher@LeeHealth.org.