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Pros & Cons of ATV Riding and Four Wheelers for Kids

Pros & Cons of ATV Riding and Four Wheelers for Kids

Posted by Caleb Werhman on 18 February 2016 | Comments

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Benefits of ATV riding and four wheelers for kids.


From farm lands to motocross tracks all around the nation, youth ATV sales are on the rise and the number of parents buying four wheelers for kids is increasing. Youth are beginning to ride all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) at a young age. These vehicles are fast and can quite easily cause injury so many parents are weary of this trend and try to avoid it at all costs. On the other hand, some view ATVs as a useful learning tool. Primarily, ATV use by youth is mainly for recreation purposes, but older youth use ATVs for chores such as hauling heavy loads, feeding cattle, or cleaning off the snow from a neighbor's driveway in treacherous winter weather conditions.

Parents are discovering that by purchasing four wheelers for kids, they are opening the door to additional fun, physical fitness and the opportunity to build a solid work ethic. How do you use your ATV? What if buying an ATV for your kid completely transformed their outlook on their future in a positive way? Is the risk worth it?


Lifelong enjoyment and use of these popular recreational and work vehicles is possible through training in safe ATV operation. And like most things in life, practice makes perfect. A few features and factors to think about when considering four wheelers for kids include:

  • power and speed

  • adult supervisory controls

  • overall size of ATV

  • restrictive parental controls

Four wheelers for kids, and ATVs in general, are increasing in size, power and capability, some of which can travel up to 70 miles per hour. According to an article from Penn State Extension, “the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Annual Reports typically show that, approximately 25% of the estimated number of ATV-related injuries treated in emergency rooms involved children less than 16 years of age.”

It is highly advised to take a training course before buying an ATV for sale. Most, if not all of ATVs and four wheelers for kids come with many warning labels and some are even attached to the ATV themselves. It is up to the rider and parent to read these and be smart about the decisions they make while operating a new machine in their leisure.


Before purchasing four wheelers for kids, you should truthfully evaluate the child or children’s ability to make quick decisions as well as eyesight, coordination and overall size. Consideration should be given to the child’s physical and emotional development. This includes size, strength, as well as eyesight and good coordination. This can also include focus, discipline, reasoning and quick decision-making ability. Can your child sit on the seat and be flat footed on the footpegs while still comfortably reaching the handlebars? Can your child comfortably move the handlebars to the right and to the left? Does your child have trouble maintaining their balance while atop the ATV?

One easy method to make sure four wheelers for kids are appropriateis to consider how well the child operates a bicycle. Parents also should recognize that all children vary in maturity levels at varying ages. A child’s size may be suitable for an ATV but does he or she demonstrate self control?


Whether you are using an ATV for sport or service, it is still clear that four wheelers for kids can pose a risk and buyers should be aware of this.

Riding ATVs give parents and youth an opportunity for quality family time as well as additional resources to complete household chores, but the question still remains: Is the risk worth it? Which side of the fence are you on? How do you use your ATV?

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