Although ATVs are used all year round on the farm or ranch, ATV use is especially prevalent in the summer time when youth and adolescents are off from school. Whether ATVs are used for work tasks or recreationally, safety should always be a priority. Youth who reside and work on farms are exposed to potentially dangerous farm hazards more frequently than other youth. Understanding how to create a safe farm environment is important for farm operators and their families.
KNOW HOW TO OPERATE
For adult and youth riders:
ATVs are also getting bigger and faster, ranging up to 700cc and more in engine size, weighing 600 or more pounds, with speeds exceeding 70 miles per hour. Machines of this size and speed are not suitable for most youth. Lifelong enjoyment and use of these popular recreational and work vehicles is possible through training in safe ATV operation.
See below age and size recommendation for ATV operation supported by manufacturers. 5
|Age of Operator||ATV Engine Size|
|Under 6 years of age||No operation etc.|
|Age 6 to 11||Under 70cc|
|Age 12 – 15||70 – 90 cc|
|16 years and older||over 90cc|
- CSN Rural Injury Prevention Resource Center, The Marshfield Medical Research & Education Foundation | ATV Safety Packet https://nasdonline.org/989/1/d000976/atv-safety-packet.html
- The North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks https://nasdonline.org/static_content/documents/989/6.pdf
- Injuries to Youth on Hispanic Farm Operations https://nasdonline.org/1844/d001789/injuries-to-youth-on-hispanic-farm-operations.html