The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission’s latest report shows that the number of ARV-related injuries and deaths is on the decline. The information published recently covers data collected from 2018.
Staff at the CPSC examined injury and fatality data involving ATVs from 2009 to 2018 as part of this report. They found that the number of ATV-related emergency room visits to treat injuries declined in the U.S. by 38% during the last decade.
The 2018 data also found a 13% decrease in year-over-year comparisons of ATV-related injuries and ER visits for Americans.
Why Have ATV Injuries Declined Rapidly?
Although several reasons contribute to the significant decline of injuries and fatalities from ATV use in recent years, the ATV Safety Institute believes that proactive information sharing has provided the most resources to this trend.
Erick Pritchard is the CEO of the ATV Safety Institute. “We aggressively reach out to all new ATV owners to urge them to take our free hands-on training and our e-courses to learn and practice our eight golden rules for safety,” he said in response to the information.
The Institute plans an annual ATV Safety Week each year to help anyone with a vehicle to receive free hands-on training from a licensed instructor. Several locations are available around the country if you’re interested in this resource, which is currently slated to run in June.
COVID-19 shutdowns and stay-at-home orders could postpone or cancel some of the events. If you’d like more information about this opportunity, then you can visit the Institute’s website to see what could be available locally.
What Are the Eight Golden Rules from ASI?
The ATV Safety Institute suggests eight golden rules for all vehicle owners to follow so that everyone can have a great time with this equipment.
1. Always wear safety equipment that’s compliant with current government standards, including goggles, a helmet, long sleeves and pants, gloves, and over-the-ankle boots.
2. Avoid riding on paved roads except to cross then safely as permitted by law. The only exception to this rule involves operations on private property.
3. Never ride an ATV under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
4. A single-rider ATV is not designed to carry passengers. If you ride a two-person vehicle, then it should not have more than that on the equipment to stay safe.
5. Always ride an ATV that’s intended for your age.
6. Any children under the age of 16 should receive direct parent or guardian supervision when operating the vehicle. It is essential to remember that ATVs are not toys.
7. Only ride an ATV on a designated trail and at a safe speed. If you are unsure about how your vehicle could handle in certain conditions, then do not approach that area.
8. You can take a hands-on course at any time if you feel uncomfortable with your ATV. You can find out what lessons are available by dialing 1 (800) 887-2887 if you don’t have Internet access to find a free online e-course for your vehicle.