ATV and UTV Farm Safety
Whether it is hauling feed or checking cattle, ATVs and UTVs are useful when it comes to completing farm work. These “farm toys” can quickly become dangerous tools when not utilized properly. The tips below are a great reminder for you, farm help, or even younger family members on the safe and correct way to operate farm ATVs and UTVs.
1. Practice safe handling.
- Understand all operations like braking system, lights, and blinkers.
2. Perform regular maintenance.
- Check tires, lights, and gas levels often.
3. Operators should be 16 years or older.
- Younger children often lack the strength needed to control the vehicle.
4. Ensure every rider has a seat and seat belt.
- ATVs are usually designed for only one person. In UTVs there is normally seat belts to utilize.
5. Wear appropriate clothing.
- Closed toed shoes, helmets, goggles, and protective clothing
6. Watch out for hills and dangerous terrain when driving.
- Hidden rocks and stumps can cause dangerous situations.
7. Know local road requirements.
- Don’t drive on public roads unless your vehicle meets the law.
8. Never drive under the influence.