Your Kids and ATVs

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson June 5, 2018 13:18

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I remember it well – the balloon tires and fiberglass body of that Honda ATC90 that my father bought for my siblings and I so we’d be entertained on the farm.  He refused to buy us horses, claiming they would bother the cows, but that disappointment quickly faded with this newly discovered toy.  My brother learned to pop “wheelies”, and do jumps and donuts with ease.  So popular were these All Terrain Cycles, that this particular model was also used in the James Bond film Diamonds are Forever.

But things are different today.  The old three-wheelers were eventually outlawed as they had a tendency to roll over, and machines are now called ATVs (All Terrain Vehicles) that range in engine size, shape, rider capacity and design.  They have become an important part of farming activities, so how does one go about buying the right ATV for the youth on your farm?

There are a lot of guidelines and purchasing recommendations out there that include:

  • Specific CCs for specific ages
  • Fit guidelines based on the machine and your child’s size
  • Proper safety gear
  • Readiness Checklists

I found a very extensive Readiness Checklist from the ATV Safety Institute that was developed in 2017.  This checklist includes considerations for physical development, visual perception/motor development, social/emotional development, and reasoning/decision-making ability.  But while these are important topics to analyze, nothing beats knowing that little person you brought into this world and influenced with your own beliefs and behaviors.  While using these “standardized” resources can help, only you can determine because of your relationship with him/her, how your child can really handle an ATV.  Make sure you have appropriate conversations with your child and personalized evaluations on his/her abilities before making your decision, and consider trying out several models to see which one is the best fit.  Your child’s safety and enjoyment depend on it.

 

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

 

Resources:

https://www.agriculture.com/how-to-select-an-atv-for-your-kids?utm_source=ag-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=todaysnews_041818&did=238724

https://atvsafety.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/ATV-Safety-Readiness.pdf

 

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson June 5, 2018 13:18
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