All-terrain vehicles (ATVs, also called quads) are motorized vehicles made to drive on dirt roads, off-road, and on marked dirt trails. Riding ATVs is a popular activity in Alberta. They can also be used for farming, working, or driving in rural and remote areas.
Children younger than 16 years old should never ride ATVs. Riders younger than 16 years old are at a higher risk of injury than adults. However, injury prevention experts have developed safety recommendations for children under 16 years old if they do ride ATVs.
ATVs come in different weights and sizes. They usually have a high centre of gravity and a narrow, short wheelbase. This means they can tip easily and can throw riders off. Most deaths from ATV accidents happen when the ATV rolls or flips. The most common injuries from riding an ATV happen when:
These tips can lower your risk of getting hurt when you ride an ATV.
Alberta Health Services, Analytics. (2023). [Dashboard of injuries in Alberta. Alberta Injury Surveillance (workbook).]
Current as of: November 2, 2023
Author: Provincial Injury Prevention, Alberta Health Services
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