All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) are among the most useful land vehicles ever invented. Designed to combat the hazards of different kinds of terrain, they can be used in almost every worksite there is. Not only do they make traveling easier for drivers, they are also safe to use when transporting loads or cargo.
While making trips safer, ATVs are not completely free of hazards. In fact, in the past 10 years, more than 800,000 accidents are attributed to this type of vehicle. Such accidents include onsite movement, unsafe machines, worksite debris and loss of control.
Here are some safety measures for using All Terrain Vehicles at the workplace:
- Inspect the ATV before using it, paying particular attention to tire condition, steering, braking, and suspension systems.
- While an ATV is designed for almost every terrain, it is not recommended that you use it on paved surfaces. Such surfaces can greatly affect its control and safe handling.
- Never carry passengers on an ATV.
- Never exceed the weight limit of the ATV.
- Ensure that items you haul with the ATV meet the specifications indicated by the manufacturer in the manual.
- Evenly distribute the weight of items you haul with the all-terrain vehicle.
- Always wear DOT-approved helmets when riding all-terrain vehicles.
- The use of safety goggles, gloves and boots depend on existing environmental conditions.
- Never drive ATVs on public roads unless you’re licensed to do so.
- Always watch out for holes, nails, wire, tools, foot traffic, electrical lines, and other moving vehicles.