Staying Safe While Enjoying Riding ATVs

By Stephanie Parkinson

April 6, 2013 Updated Apr 6, 2013 at 6:58 PM EDT

Indiana (www.incnow.tv) - Four-wheeling is a popular hobby for people of all age but safety is a big deal when it comes to riding. Already this season, Northeast Indiana has seen two teens hospitalized after accidents on ATVs.

The ATV safety institute offers safety classes on how to properly ride ATVs, or all terrain vehicles. It teaches a 16-point curriculum on managing the risk factors involved with riding like finding an appropriate size of the vehicle, learning body language and learning the rollover factor.

A local instructor with the institute says the biggest problem he sees with riders is that they don't wear the appropriate protective gear.

"We require when they come to the class, and that is a helmet, that is gloves, and boots over the ankle. And also the boots over the ankle, the gloves, and the goggles to keep the dust, the dirt out of the eyes," said Richard Troyer, ATV Safety Instructor.

Troyer says by taking a safety class and learning the risk factors riders can gain confidence and in return, ride appropriately.

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