The 4-H Youth Development Program, through the Mississippi State University Extension Service, offers children and parents the opportunity to learn about ATV safety. This is made possible by a grant from the National 4-H Council as part of the 4-H ATV Safety Grant Program. The program is a collaboration among local 4-H groups, the National 4-H Youth Development Program, and the ATV Safety Institute (ASI).
The goal of the 4-H ATV Safety Program is youth development. Participation in ATV Safety courses gives young people and adults the opportunity to learn safe and responsible operation of ATV machines. Not only does the training focus on the rider/operator, but it also focuses on the environment and allows participants the opportunity to make sound decisions.
The 4-H ATV Safety Institute is a national program with several thousand young people and adults participating in ATV Safety training annually. In Mississippi, 4-H is beginning to offer ATV Safety courses all across the state so that individuals have an opportunity to learn how to safely operate ATVs and have fun in the process. MSU Extension currently has eight ASI-certified 4-H instructors. With continued support from ASI, National 4-H Council, and other partners, more instructors will be secured so we can reach more children and adults through the ATV Safety program.
The hands-on, half-day ATV Safety RiderCourse is a class conducted by licensed ATV Safety Instructors. The course offers students an opportunity to increase their safety knowledge and to practice basic riding skills in a controlled environment. The RiderCourse includes pre-ride inspection, starting and stopping, quick turns, hill riding, emergency maneuvers, and riding over obstacles. You’ll also learn about protective gear, local regulations, places to ride, and environmental concerns.
Ten Key Points to Consider about ATV Safety
- Take a course, of course
- Age matters
- Wear a helmet
- Ride on unpaved trails
- Ride without passengers
- Be a control freak
- Ride with a clear head
- Know the terrain
- Know the rules!
- Ride the right-size machine
It's ATV Safety Week! (Photo by Kevin Hudson)
June 2-10 is ATV Safety Week
WEST POINT, Miss. -- Many Mississippians enjoy the usefulness and thrill of riding all-terrain vehicles, but the dangerous nature of these machines is highlighted in the June 2-10 4-H ATV Safety Week.
Mississippi ranks 15th in the nation in ATV-related deaths. In 2017, nine youngsters died after suffering traumatic injuries in ATV accidents.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Hunting and driving all-terrain vehicles are so linked in Mississippi that many people forget safety precautions when using these powerful machines.
Bradley Staton, Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H ATV associate, offered a few tips to increase the chances that people will have a safe time in the woods on ATVs.
"Always wear protective gear," Staton said. "That means a helmet to protect the head if you lose control and flip the ATV, and appropriate clothing, including long sleeves, a jacket and boots. And, since it's hunting season, always wear an orange vest so others hunters in the same area can see you."
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Speeding along a wooded trail on a bright, chilly morning can bring a lot of enjoyment and excitement. And it sure is a lot easier getting to that back-country deer blind or dove field if you can load up all the gear and head off on wheels.
But the off-road vehicle you may be riding -- whether a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle, side-by-side utility vehicle or dirt bike -- has some downsides. While undeniably fun and useful in transportation, an off-road vehicle can also be an environmental hazard and personal nuisance when used incorrectly.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Riding all-terrain vehicles is a fun adventure until tragedy strikes, but simple practices can keep riders safe.
Jesse Wilson, a high school senior from Lowndes County, has firsthand experience with an ATV disaster. Wilson was driving up a steep ditch when his ATV fell back on top of him because of excess weight on the back of the vehicle. He was not wearing any safety gear at the time. Wilson broke his shoulder because of this accident, and had to have surgery.