ATVs: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

May 14, 2021 | Parenting

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When it’s time to hit the trails on an ATV, safety needs to come first. Maintaining a safe, maximum speed based on your child’s age is important and could prevent life-threatening injuries. Louisiana is a sportsman’s paradise, so lots of parents and their children often spend summers riding and operati
ng ATVs.

Children and teens may be familiar with ATVs, but this familiarity does not mean they can safely operate them. Most injuries occur because children lack mature judgement and adequate strength or coordination for the  ATV, which may be too big for their size and age. Consider the following age-based recommendations and safety tips to help ensure a safe time the next time you decide to let your child utilize an ATV.

Age and Maximum Speed  

  • 6-9 years old: 15mph maximum speed 
  • 10-13 years old: 30mph maximum speed 
  • 14-15 years old: 38mph maximum speed  

Other Safety Tips to Remember:  

  • Children younger than 12 should never ride without adult supervision 
  • Children should not ride on the open road where other vehicles are present  
  • Protective gear should always be worn when riding an ATV
  • Develop a check-in routine with your teens, especially those who are driving. Encourage them to stay in groups when they are out and not talk to strangers. Most important, be aware of their surroundings and always park in well-lit areas.

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