HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — For many people, driving around on an ATV can be a fun experience, but it also comes with a great deal of responsibility, experts say.
This week, two people have died in Connecticut in ATV accidents; a 19-year-old in Ellington, and an 11-year-old boy from Roxbury.
“Right now, especially in the summertime, we do have a lot of kids and parents coming in for ATVs,” said Victor Alvarado, a sales representative with New England Cycle Center in Hartford.
Alvarado says there are a few important things everyone should know.
“All ATVs are age specific. So when a parent comes in, if they are with a child, we ask the child what their age is so they aren’t getting into a vehicle that’s too big for them,” he said. “If the child is not here we ask the parent who the ATV is for. If they tell us it’s under the age of what they are looking for then by law we can’t sell them that ATV.”
LINK: DMV Regulations for ATVs
And no matter what your age, safety gear is a must. It can protect you against serious injury and even death.
“They should have their helmet, always first and foremost,” Alvarado said. “Then your eyewear and then some kind of vest, a body protective wear, and gloves.
While safety is paramount when riding an ATV there are also regulations you need to think about in Connecticut. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, unless you stay on your own property the ATV has to be registered.
Also, keep in mind that driving an ATV requires different driving skills than a car, so you should also be mindful of your speed and surroundings.