Important ATV safety tips to consider

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TALLADEGA COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Riding all-terrain vehicles (ATV) through the woods and creeks of Alabama is always a very peaceful way to spend the day.

However, as with any vehicle, safety is a topic that has to be at the forefront of conversation when dealing ATVs.

Longtime ATV safety instructor Glenn Myers insists that ATV safety begins with the choice to wear helmets.

“The majority of accidents where people turn into a fatality, they have no helmet on,” Myers said.

But helmets aren’t the only pieces of gear that can help keep those who ride ATVs safe.

Gloves can make a big difference as well.

“If you fall, what do you naturally do?” Myers asked. “[Gloves] are going to save your hands to come degree.”

It’s also important to consider the other articles of clothing worn while riding.

“It takes a lot more than a helmet and gloves to be ready to hit the trails,” Myers said. “Goggles. A bug can put your eye out at five miles an hour. Over-the-ankle shoes. At least long denim pants, and not short britches and flip-flops.”

Safety isn’t the only thing to keep in mind when shopping for ATV’s, though.

Although many children use ATVs, it’s a necessity to understand that ATVs are not toys. Rather, they’re vehicles that can very dangerous.

“These are not toys. They’re motorized vehicles,” explained Myers. “You wouldn’t put your child in an automobile at 16 years old and let him loose and they’d never been behind the wheel, so why do it with an ATV?”

Myers says it’s best to take a training course on how to operate an ATV before even considering driving one.

More information on ATV safety can be found by these links:

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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