Thinking of buying a ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE? Wondering whether a 3-wheel or 4-wheel is safer?

Here are some words of wisdom from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to consider when buying a vehicle or choosing to go for a ride.

We know: Which ATVs are Safest

4-Wheelers are Safer

Although the stability of ATVS overall is low, four-wheel ATVS are more stable than 3-wheelers. The risk of an accident on a 3-wheeler is about 1 1/2 to 2 times greater than the risk of an accident on a 4-wheeler.

Fully Suspended ATVs are Safer

Engineering tests show that the handling performance of a fully-suspended ATV is significantly better than that of a front-only or tire only-suspended ATV.

How High is the Risk of Accident?

The estimated life of an ATV is about 7 years. Over that period, the average ATV has a 1 in 3 chance of being involved in an accident that results in injury.

When Do Most Accidents Occur?

The majority of accidents in ATVs have occurred when the vehicle overturned after hitting irregular terrain, an obstacle, or while turning or traversing a slope.

Tips to Avoid Accidents When Riding

  • Wear a helmet
  • Donít ride double
  • Donít drink and drive (alcohol contributed to 30% of all fatal ATV accidents)
  • Donít drive on paved roads (25% of fatal AVT accidents occurred on paved roads)

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