If your kid wants an ATV, you might be hesitant because of safety concerns. While injuries occur each year, many are preventable if children take the proper safety precautions and ride the correct sized ATV. It might not seem like the size of the ATV would matter much, but when it comes to children and ATV's, size does matter. Children should not be allowed to ride an adult-sized ATV for many reasons.
Large ATV's take a lot of strength to control and usually have engines that allow them to go to youth ATV's. Children should have the opportunity to hone their skills on an ATV before they graduated to an adult-sized ATV when they are older, stronger, and more experienced. ATV's can be a source of fun and a worthwhile hobby for kids.
They should always be supervised when riding and wear proper safety gear. Many areas required minors to wear helmets by law and prohibit them from sized ATV's. If this isn't a requirement in your area, it is still a good idea and will keep your child safe while pursuing their ATV hobby.
Children and pre-teens (ages 6-12) should ride an ATV with an engine size of 70cc or smaller. There are models for teenagers, and while age should be a factor where ATV you select for your child, other things like maturity, size, and strength should also be taken into account. A smaller child who's 16 should still ride a smaller ATV, and while this might not be optimal for them, it is imperative for their safety. Your child should only drive an ATV that they can get a comfortable handle.
When buying an ATV for your child, you must make sure it is the appropriate fit for them. Your child should be able to reach the floor with their feet, without standing on their tiptoes. They need to be able to comfortably reach the handlebars without needing to overextend their arms. Their arms should be bent as they have a firm grip on the handlebars. They should also have the ability to reach the floor and have their legs slightly bent. Getting your kid an ATV they can comfortably control is important and will help keep them secure.
As well as age and size, your child's maturity level also has a significant part in which sort of ATV you buy them. You will need to think about if your child can shift gears or would do with an automatic transmission.
If you would like to retain control over your child's ATV, whether you believe their driving skills need some work or they will have problems following rules, you can think about getting an ATV with a remote switch to turn off the ATV of your child gets into trouble.
Purchasing an ATV for your child is not a decision to be taken lightly. You should ensure that your child knows that an ATV isn't a toy and can be dangerous. Ensure they ride an appropriate sized ATV and wear protective gear.