What to do to prevent ATV injuries

© THEPALMER I was on NEWS4JAX website this morning, when I read a sad story about two teenagers injured on an ATV.  According to the website, two Glen St. Mary teens were hurt when a four-wheeler they were on overturned Monday afternoon. The teens were hospitalized with serious injuries.
ATV accidents are a frightening activity that many people enjoy, thoguh they are known for their dangerous accidents that can become of riding one. All terrain vehicles are dangerous because there is nothing you holding you to the device, and it are very common that due to the shifting of weight on the vehicle, they may tip over. In many cases, ATV accidents are caused because of the excessive weight that is put on it when a passenger rides with the driver. These vehicles were not meant to be used for more than one person, and can be extremely dangerous if done
Below are some safety tips that could help all of us. They are provided by the U.S. Product Consumer Safety Commission.  
                1.   Get trained:  Formal training teaches drivers how to control ATVs in typical situations. Drivers with formal, hands-on ATV training have a lower injury risk than drivers with no formal training
                2.  Wear a helmet:  Many ATV injuries are head injuries. Wearing a helmet may reduce the severity of these injuries. Select a motorcycle or other motorized sports helmet and make sure the helmet is certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and/or the Snell Memorial Foundation. In addition, wear over-the-ankle boots, goggles, gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt to protect against cuts, abrasions, and other injuries from rocks, trees, and other debris.
                3.  No children on adult ATVS:  Children are involved in about one-third of all ATV-related deaths and hospital emergency room injuries. Most of these deaths and injuries occur when a child is driving or riding on an adult ATV. Children under 16 on adult ATVs are twice as likely to be injured as those riding youth ATVs
                4.  Don’t ride tandem:  The majority of ATVs are designed to carry only one person. ATVs are designed for interactive riding “ drivers must be able to shift their weight freely in all directions, depending on the situation and terrain. Interactive riding is critical to maintaining safe control of an ATV especially on varying terrain. Passengers can make it difficult for drivers to control the ATV.
                5.  Don’t ride on pavement:  ATVs “ because of how they’re made “ are difficult to control on paved roads. Collisions with cars and other vehicles also can be deadly. Many fatalities involving ATVs occur on paved roads.
                6.  Don’t ride under the influence:  Alcohol and drugs impair reaction time and judgment, two essential skills for safe ATV use.
For More Safety Tips, visit ATV Safety.org ATV: http://www.atvsafety.org/infosheets/atv_riding_tips.pdf