ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Off-road riding is a popular recreational sport, but it can be dangerous, especially for young children.
Riders should be large enough and strong enough to reach and operate all the controls, but it's a rule Powersports Plus General Manager John Talley says he sees broken quite a bit.
"A 12 year old even though he may be big and strong, he's not big enough to handle a machine that's really made for a 16 to 18 year old," Talley said. "He's not going to have the upper body strength to do what needs to be done to control the machine."
Young children should choose a vehicle that's the right size for them.
Talley also advises all riders to wear a helmet, preferably one that's full-coverage and use goggles and gloves to protect the eyes and hands.
Also, remember that ATVs are off-road vehicles. They should never be operated on public roadways.