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Pendleton works to maintain ATV safety

By Public Affairs Office | Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton | July 25, 2013

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Riding ATVs can be risky due to the combination of high speeds and heavy machinery.

To remain safe while operating these machines follow a few basic safety tips:

• Always wear protective gear when riding ATVs:

Many ATV injuries are head injuries, which can be prevented by wearing a helmet.  Select a motorcycle or other motorized sports helmet and make sure the helmet is certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation or the Snell Memorial Foundation.  Also, wear over-the-ankle boots, goggles, gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt to protect against cuts, abrasions, and other injuries.

• Do not ride with a passenger:

A majority of ATVs are designed to carry only one person, drivers must be able to shift their weight freely in all directions, depending on the situation and terrain.

• Do not drive ATVs on paved roads:

ATVs are difficult to control on paved roads, and collisions with cars and other vehicles can be deadly.
• Do not permit children to drive or ride adult ATVs:

Children are involved in about one-third of all ATV-related deaths and hospital emergency room injuries. Most of these deaths and injuries occur when a child is driving or riding on an adult ATV. Children under 16 on adult ATVs are twice as likely to be injured as those riding youth ATVs.

Drivers with formal, hands-on ATV training have a lower injury risk than drivers with no formal training.

For more information visit the base safety center at

Drivers can contact the motorcycle training center for classes formal training that’s teaches drivers how to control ATVs in typical situations at (760) 725-2897.