Riders are often thrown from the ATV leading to head, spinal cord and internal injuries that can be fatal. Young children are commonly injured while riding as a passenger. Parents should ensure that if their child rides an ATV, he/she has the developmental skill required to handle the vehicle and is riding an ATV that is the correct size.
Knowing all you can about your ATV and the places you can ride is the best preparation for safe and enjoyable riding.
The ATV Rider's course is 5 1/2 to 7 hour training program, operated by CSC certified instructors.
For more information on a Rider's Course near you, call 1-613-739-1535, Extension 227 or Extension 230.
Additional information is also available on the Canada Safety Council web site at www.safety-council.org
ATV SAFE RIDER CODE
Fact: For adults, many ATV injuries are linked to alcohol.
Fact:Children between the ages of 5 to 19 account for more than 1/3 of all ATV sustained injuries.
Fact:There has been a 50% increase in hospitalizations over the past 5 years due to ATV's.
TOP 10 CODES
- Know your operator's manual.
- Check the ATV before you ride.
- Wear your helmet, protect your eyes and body.
- Get qualified training.
- Ride off-road.
- Ride with others - never alone.
- Ride within your skills.
- No passengers - respect riding area rules and preserve the environment.
- No alcohol or other drugs.
- Always supervise youngsters.