ATV SAFETY Developed by: David W. Smith, Extension Safety Program Texas Cooperative Extension
ATV Statistics - 2001 <ul><li>111,700 injuries </li></ul><ul><li>16.3 million drivers </li></ul><ul><li>22.9 million rider...
Causes of ATV Injuries <ul><li>Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Impaired judgment, ba...
Causes of ATV Injuries (continued) <ul><li>Improper use of ATVs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Horseplay or reckless driving </li><...
Texas ATV Laws <ul><li>Restrictions are placed all ATV operators who drive on property owned or leased by the state or pol...
Certification Requirements <ul><li>The operator must attend a state-approved ATV safety training course </li></ul><ul><li>...
Operation by Children <ul><li>Children younger than 14 must complete a safety training course in which the demonstration o...
Required Equipment <ul><li>ATVs must be equipped with a brake and muffler system in good working condition </li></ul><ul><...
Safety Apparel <ul><li>Operators must wear an approved safety helmet and eye protection </li></ul><ul><li>Look for a helme...
Reckless or Careless Operation <ul><li>Operators may not operate an ATV in a careless or reckless manner that endangers, i...
Carrying Passengers <ul><li>A person may not carry a passenger on an ATV on public property unless the ATV is designed by ...
Operation on a Public Roadway  <ul><li>An ATV operator may not drive on public roadways except to cross a public roadway, ...
Operation on a Public Roadway <ul><li>An ATV operator may drive on a public roadway, as long as it is not an interstate or...
ATV Rider Certification Course <ul><li>Topic include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Starting and stopping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Safety Tips <ul><li>Don’t let children operate ATVs without specialized training </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t let children oper...
Safety Tips <ul><li>Don’t operate ATVs while under the influence of alcohol or drugs that may impair judgment or slow reac...
Safety Tips <ul><li>Always supervise young operators </li></ul><ul><li>Always tell someone where you are going and when yo...
Safety Tips <ul><li>Be careful when operating ATVs with added attachments. These affect the stability, braking and operati...
Safety Tips <ul><li>Always stop and check the entrance to lands where you want to ride. Watch out for chains, rope, or wir...
Sources <ul><li>ATV Safety Institute (800) 887-2887 </li></ul><ul><li>ATV Safety Hotline (800) 852-5344 </li></ul><ul><li>...
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Atv Safety

  1. 1. ATV SAFETY Developed by: David W. Smith, Extension Safety Program Texas Cooperative Extension
  2. 2. ATV Statistics - 2001 <ul><li>111,700 injuries </li></ul><ul><li>16.3 million drivers </li></ul><ul><li>22.9 million riders </li></ul><ul><li>5.6 million ATVs </li></ul><ul><li>6.8 injuries per 1000 divers </li></ul><ul><li>20.0 injuries per 1000 ATVs </li></ul>Source: All-Terrain Vehicle 2001 Injury and Exposure Studies. Consumer Product Safety Commission. January 2003.
  3. 3. Causes of ATV Injuries <ul><li>Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Impaired judgment, balance and hazard detection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Operating the ATV at excessive speeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of control and hazard detection </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inadequate operator experience </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Children operating large ATVs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Carrying passengers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limiting control, upsetting weight balance, and restricting vision </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Causes of ATV Injuries (continued) <ul><li>Improper use of ATVs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Horseplay or reckless driving </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collisions with other vehicles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On public and private roads </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Malicious intent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Such as stringing wires across ATV paths with the intent of injuring the operator </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Texas ATV Laws <ul><li>Restrictions are placed all ATV operators who drive on property owned or leased by the state or political subdivision of the state. </li></ul><ul><li>Includes parks, recreational areas, hunting lands, and public roadways. </li></ul>Texas Transportation Code. Chapter 663
  6. 6. Certification Requirements <ul><li>The operator must attend a state-approved ATV safety training course </li></ul><ul><li>The operator must hold a safety certificate and carry that certificate any time the ATV is operated on public property </li></ul><ul><li>Operators are exempt from these requirements if he or she is under the direct supervision of an adult who holds a safety certificate </li></ul>
  7. 7. Operation by Children <ul><li>Children younger than 14 must complete a safety training course in which the demonstration of driving skills is required </li></ul><ul><li>Children younger than 14 must be supervised by a parent or guardian </li></ul>
  8. 8. Required Equipment <ul><li>ATVs must be equipped with a brake and muffler system in good working condition </li></ul><ul><li>ATVs must contain a U.S. Forest Service-qualified spark arrester </li></ul><ul><li>Headlights and taillights must be illuminated at least 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise, and any time visibility is reduced </li></ul>
  9. 9. Safety Apparel <ul><li>Operators must wear an approved safety helmet and eye protection </li></ul><ul><li>Look for a helmet with the label from the American National Standards Institute, Department of Transportation, or the Snell Memorial Foundation </li></ul>
  10. 10. Reckless or Careless Operation <ul><li>Operators may not operate an ATV in a careless or reckless manner that endangers, injures or damages any person or property </li></ul>
  11. 11. Carrying Passengers <ul><li>A person may not carry a passenger on an ATV on public property unless the ATV is designed by the manufacturer to transport a passenger. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Operation on a Public Roadway <ul><li>An ATV operator may not drive on public roadways except to cross a public roadway, other than an interstate highway or limited access highway if: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The crossing is made at an intersection after coming to a complete stop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The operator yields the right-of-way to oncoming traffic, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ATV’s highlights and taillights are on </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Operation on a Public Roadway <ul><li>An ATV operator may drive on a public roadway, as long as it is not an interstate or limited-access highway, if: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The operation is in connection with certain agricultural products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The operator attaches an 8-foot long pole and triangular orange flag to the back of the ATV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The operator has a driver’s license </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ATV’s headlights and taillights are illuminated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ATV operation occurs in daylight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ATV is not driven more than 25 miles from the point of origin </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. ATV Rider Certification Course <ul><li>Topic include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Starting and stopping </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Turning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Negotiating hills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency stopping and swerving </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Riding over obstacles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal protective gear </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local laws </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ATV Safety Institute (800) 887-2887 </li></ul>
  15. 15. Safety Tips <ul><li>Don’t let children operate ATVs without specialized training </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t let children operate ATVs of an inappropriate size </li></ul>Over 90 cc 16 years and older 70-90 cc 12 years and older Under 70 cc 6 years and older ATV engine size (cubic centimeter, cc) Minimum Age
  16. 16. Safety Tips <ul><li>Don’t operate ATVs while under the influence of alcohol or drugs that may impair judgment or slow reaction time </li></ul><ul><li>Never operate an ATB at excessive speeds. Make sure the speed is right for the terrain, visibility, and your riding experience </li></ul><ul><li>Always scan the path ahead for potential hazards such as rocks, stumps, low-hanging branches, fences, guy wires and rough terrain </li></ul>
  17. 17. Safety Tips <ul><li>Always supervise young operators </li></ul><ul><li>Always tell someone where you are going and when you will return </li></ul><ul><li>Wear appropriate riding gear, including an approved helmet, goggles, gloves, over-the-ankle boots, long-sleeve shirt, and long pants </li></ul><ul><li>Read the owner’s manual carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Never carry extra riders </li></ul>
  18. 18. Safety Tips <ul><li>Be careful when operating ATVs with added attachments. These affect the stability, braking and operation of the ATV. </li></ul><ul><li>Never operate ATVs on streets, highways or paved roads, except to cross at safe, designated intersections. </li></ul><ul><li>Always make sure the ATV is in good condition. Check tires and wheels, and braking and steering regularly. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Safety Tips <ul><li>Always stop and check the entrance to lands where you want to ride. Watch out for chains, rope, or wire that may span the entryway. </li></ul><ul><li>Pay attention to where you are driving. Don’t trespass onto a posted area, an area with a crop for harvest, or a fenced area. If a landowner asks you to leave, do so immediately. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Sources <ul><li>ATV Safety Institute (800) 887-2887 </li></ul><ul><li>ATV Safety Hotline (800) 852-5344 </li></ul><ul><li>Consumer Product Safety Commission (800) 638-2772 </li></ul>

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