When it comes to equipping young ATV riders, researchers say national size guidelines do not work. A study from the University of Kentucky shows current guidelines do not account for different body sizes in children.
Researchers want people to know the importance of making sure children are properly fitted for ATVs.
“There's variability that produces situations where kids, even in following the guidelines, in some ways don't fit,” says Dr. Andrew Bernard with the University of Kentucky.
Researchers say children should be treated on a case by case basis. They say all too often children ride adult size ATVs which increases risk for injury.
“I let them grow up to them. When they grow out of one, I just step them into another one,” says William Turner.
He has two kids that ride and says when his oldest son started riding at the age of 4, he made sure he was on an ATV he could handle.
“I get the right size for them. I don't give them too big of one that they can't handle,” he says.
Dianna Riddle has four children that ride and she's out shopping for an ATV for her 12 year old daughter.
“So we thought it'd be best if we found her something her size so she can reach the pedals and the handles so she don't get out of control,” says Riddle.
She says it all comes down to basic safety.
“They need to be safe. they need to wear their helmets, they need to wear their gear, they need to go the right amount of speed and watch how they are on them so that they don't really get hurt,” says Riddle.
Researchers say they will continue to do more investigating on the topic. If you are going to put your child on an ATV, follow all safety procedures.