Riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) is a lot of fun, but it can be dangerous if you don't know how to ride safely. The 4-H ATV Safety program helps youth and adults ride their ATVs safely by teaching them safe riding techniques and practices and choosing when not to ride. It also helps riders build their critical thinking and life skills so that they make good decisions.
Since accidents happen to people riding ATVs, all riders (in particular youth) and parents/caregivers need to be educated about safe operation of ATVs before they climb on board.
The 4-H ATV Safety program provides grants to 4-H/Extension groups and their community partners to create or enhance local or state ATV safety projects. Such projects should provide opportunities for young people and adults to take action on the issue of ATV safety, ultimately influencing the behavior of people throughout a community.
For ideas to develop or enhance your local ATV safety program, or to inspire you to apply for our ATV safety grants, review the following program summaries from the 2005 - 2007 grantees:
Grants are offered only to 4-H/Extension Programs in the United States. If you are not a part of 4-H, we encourage you to contact your local Cooperative Extension office and become a project collaborator!
Projects must support achievement of overall Program goals:
- To educate and inform pre-teen, teen, and adult ATV riders about safe riding techniques and practices;
- To help pre-teens and teens increase their critical thinking and life skills as well as enhance their abilities to assess risk and solve problems regarding the use of ATVs by youth under the age of 16 years;
- To educate parents and other caregivers to protect young riders through supervision and monitoring;
- To help communities address issues related to safe use of ATVs.