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Gear up before revving up ATVs
Date:7/14/2008

tating injuries may be avoided by following a few safety tips."

Plastic surgeons strongly recommend following the CPSC safety tips for ATV riders:

  • Get properly trained

  • Always wear protective gearespecially a helmet
    • Many ATV injuries are head injuries.
    • Additional protective gear includes closed toed shoes, goggles, gloves, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts to protect against cuts.

  • Children under 16 should never ride adult-sized ATVs
    • Children should only use ATVs that are appropriate for their age. Most injuries occur when a child is driving or riding an adult-sized ATV.

  • Never ride tandem
    • Most ATVs are designed for one person; a passenger can make it difficult for drivers to control the machine.

  • Don't ride on paved roads
    • ATVs can be very difficult to control on pavement; collisions with cars and other vehicles can be deadly.

  • Never ride at night

  • Don't ride under the influence

"When it comes to protective gear, it's especially important to wear a helmet, since many ATV-related injuries involve trauma to the head and face," said ASPS President Richard D'Amico, MD. "Studies show helmets can reduce non-fatal head injuries by 64 percent and deaths by 42 percent."

"ATVs can be treacherous and difficult to steer. They are not like riding a bicycle," said Dr. Wexler. "The injuries we see from these machines can be devastating."


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