All-terrain Vehicle Safety

An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is a motorized vehicle with three or four low-pressure tires commonly used for farming, hunting and recreation. The number of children seriously injured on ATVs increased by 150 percent from 1997-2006. (Bowman SM, 2010) The goal of the Injury Prevention Center is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by ATV-related crashes by raising knowledge of safe riding practices. What does your doctor say about ATVs? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under 16 years of age do not ride ATVs.

Always plan your T.R.I.P.S.S.

  • T- Training: Before driving your ATV, take an ATV Safety Institute ATV RiderCourse. Contact your local University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Coordinator -
  • R- Ride Off-road: Always ride on unpaved trails. The tires on ATVs are not made for paved or loose gravel roads. If you drive these roads, you could lose control of the ATV and flip over and crash.
  • I- Impairment Danger: Don't drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, driving ant ATV takes all of your focus.
  • P- Plan Ahead: Plan your trip before you ride, look for hazards and let someone know where you are going.
  • S- Single Rider: Most ATVs are made for one rider only.
  • S- Safety Equipment: Ride your ATV only when wearing a helmet, boots, long pants, long sleeve shirt and gloves.

ATV Safety Tool Kit

An all-terrain vehicle safety tool kit targeting youth is available for public use. The tool kit is the final product of a three-year research project funded by the Emergency Medical Services for Children program, part of the Health Resources and Services Administration. Collaborators in the project included the West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. To receive a copy of the tool kit, contact the Injury Prevention Center at 501-364-3400 or

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The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children under the age of 16 do not ride ATVs. Those that do ride ATVs should ensure that it is size-appropriate. Small children should never ride adult sized ATVs as illustrated in the PSA, "It's a Big World."