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Summertime ATV Safety Tips

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You may have heard me talk about my ATV from time to time.  With my busy work schedule, I don’t get to ride it as often as I would like. But when I do, I thoroughly enjoy it.  Debbie was asking me earlier this year if I wanted to sell it, but I really don’t want to.  I like having it in the garage and ready to go when I do get some free time.  Even though these ATV’s are a lot of fun, they can also be quite dangerous.  My Yamaha Grizzly 700 is probably capable of 70 m.p.h., although I would never drive it at that speed.  The reality of these machines is that you can get seriously hurt or even killed if you don’t practice ATV safety.  As we get into the Summer ATV season here in Western New York, I thought I would pass along a few ATV safety reminders:

  • Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.                    
  • Never ride on paved roads except to cross when done safely and permitted by law – another vehicle could hit you.  ATVs are designed to be operated off-highway.                    
  • Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.                    
  • Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.                 
  • Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.                    
  • Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.                     
  • Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed
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