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Note to Parents: Is Your Child Ready to Ride?

By Indiana law, a person must be at least 14 years old to ride an ATV unsupervised. If your child meets the age requirement, it's your job to assess whether he or she is truly ready to ride. To make an informed decision, you must consider several factors.

Physical Development: Can your youngster sit comfortably on the ATV and reach the controls easily?

Motor Skills: Is your child's coordination adequate for the challenge of riding an ATV?

Visual Perception: Does your child have good depth perception, peripheral vision, and the ability to judge distances?

Social/Emotional Maturity: Will your youngster under­stand the risks involved in riding an ATV, make good decisions to avoid accidents, and drive responsibly?