Do Not Forget About ATV Safety
People have taken the opportunity to be outdoors this summer doing many activities but safety cannot be on the back burner. Lisa Dugan is the recreation safety outreach coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, talks about safety when it comes to All Terrain Vehicles.
Dugan says ATV training is recommended for anyone who operates an ATV and youth between ages 6 to 15 are required to take an online and hands-on safety course as are adults born after July 1st, 1987. This ensures safety on the trail.
Tips for the right fit included a three inch clearance between the ATV seat and the seat of the pants while standing, being able to move the handlebars all the way each direction, ability to operate the throttle and squeeze the break, and moving weight on the vehicle to maintain balance. ATV operators should also wear proper equipment like helmets, goggles, jeans, long sleeve shirt, and closed toe shoes.
And Dugan reminds recreationalist, it is illegal to drink and drive an ATV like any other vehicle.
Find more about ATV safety on the R&J Outdoors Show.