The unique design of ATVs creates risks for the rider if not handled properly. This chart compares design factors of ATVs and the special risks associated with them.
|Capable of traveling over rough terrain
Unknown hazards and obstacles, such as rocks, ruts, stumps, fences, holes, and embankments, may cause collisions and rollovers.
|Wide, low-pressure, knobby tires
|Fixed rear axle for traction
|Powerful drive train with high and low gear ratios
|High ground clearance and short, narrow wheelbase
Requires operator to meet minimum size and weight requirements to balance the vehicle properly.
|Seat on top of the vehicle