The ATV Adventures! Fit To Ride Leaderís Guide
was developed to help youth and adult leaders teach young people about all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety. Originally developed in Japan for farm use, both three- and four-wheeled ATVs were first manufactured for sale to U.S. consumers in the 1970s. It is no longer legal for U.S. companies to manufacture three-wheeled ATVs, since they were deemed more unstable than four-wheeled vehicles. However, many three-wheeled ATVs are re-sold in the United States each year.
Today, millions of people ride ATVs for work or recreation. Since accidents happen to people riding ATVs, riders need to be educated about safe operation of ATVs before they climb on board. Taking risks on a motorized vehicle can lead to death or injury. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 2003 Annual Report: All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)-Related Deaths and Injuries
, more than 5,200 ATV-related deaths have occurred since the early 1980s.
This Leaderís Guide
is not intended to be used in place of a certified riding course, such as the one offered by the ATV Institute (ATV RiderCourse). It is intended to be used with audiences that have never ridden ATVs or those that are actively riding, whether trained or not, and need reinforcement regarding safe practices.
How Can This Book Help Keep Riders Safe?
In the Leaderís Guide
, we focus on the socially normal behavior of safely riding ATVs. This helps youth understand that itís normal to be well trained, wear safety gear, ride at appropriate speeds, and avoid risks. Our Leaderís Guide
emphasizes safety issues while enhancing the abilities of participants to think critically and assess risk more successfully.
The educational messages in this book also are targeted at parents, guardians, and caregivers. Parents care for their children, but may not fully understand the danger inherent in the activities they allow. Adults need to carefully supervise young riders, ensure they are wearing proper safety equipment, and follow other protective measures. Parents and caregivers should not underestimate the risks of riding improperly or overestimate the skills of young riders.