An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is a small, specialized piece of mobile equipment designed for use on rough, unpaved ground. The operator sits on a saddle-like seat and steers with handlebars (unlike most other small vehicles which have a chair or bench-type seats and are controlled with a steering wheel). The ATV has four large balloon-like tires, with very low air pressure.
Most important, the ATV is designed to be "driver-active". On a "driver active" vehicle such as an ATV, a motorcycle or a snowmobile, the operator's body movements help control the vehicle's stability. Driver active vehicles require a strong combination of skill, good judgment, attention and physical strength.
Check out these links for more information on safe ATV usage, preventing injuries, and the all terrain vehicle provincial legislative chart which breaks down each province's minimum operating age, location for use, and supervision regulations.
|SafeWork Manitoba: All Terrain Vehicle Safety for Agricultural Workers|
|Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS): Preventing injuries from all-terrain vehicles|
|Caring for Kids CPS: Are ATVs safe for children and youth?|
|Parachute: ATV Safety|
|Parachute: Off-highway vehicles|
|All terrain vehicle provincial legislative chart|
|Ontario Medical Association position statement|
|Alberta position statement|
|BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations: Off-Road Vehicle Management Framework|
|New Brunswick (government): New off-road vehicle rules for young riders (09/03/11)|
|Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI): ATV Safety Tips|
|Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI): ATVs and other Off-road vehicles (brochure)|
|Manitoba Laws: The Off-Road Vehicles Act|
|Safety Services Manitoba: Corporate Snowmobile Training|
|Safety Services Manitoba: All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) and Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) Training|
|Canada Safety Council: Off-Road Vehicle Training|
|National Safety Council: All-Terrain Vehicle Safety|
|ATV Safety Institute (ASI)|
|Mississippi State University 4-H: ATV Safety|
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