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Avoiding ATV rollovers on the farm

You may use an ATV for fun or for profit. But more importantly you should always use them safely. Rollovers happen alarmingly fast, so always wear a helmet, gloves, long sleeves, pants, and boots, even when only travelling a short distance. Inappropriate gear, such as loose clothing, can get caught on controls and doesn’t provide […] Read more

Protect yourself from quad rollovers

An average of 15 Albertans die each year while 
on quads, and rollovers are the leading cause

Recent research has proven a crush-protection device on a quad can reduce deaths due to rollovers by 30 per cent. “Quads are great machines for use on the farm because of where they can go and the tasks they can do,” said Don Voaklander, director of the Injury Prevention Centre at the University of Alberta. […] Read more


ATVs seem stable, but most children and youth are not physically or developmentally ready before age 16 to ride them safely.

It’s not easy saying no, but ATVs aren’t meant for kids

Wheatland County farmer and pediatric nurse Sarah Schultz says she’s seen too many kids injured in ATV accidents

Does an idyllic childhood in the country have to involve quads? For Moose Jaw, Sask., farmer Julie-Anne Howe and other safety-minded parents, the answer is no. Of allowing her children to ride quads, “it’s just not a smart decision in my world,” Howe says. Most jurisdictions do not restrict children from operating quads or all-terrain […] Read more

Concerns about kids and quads

Follow these basic safety precautions to reduce their risk

Like bicycles, motorcycles and snowmobiles, ATVs are designed to be controlled in part by the rider’s shifting body weight, both front and back, and side to side. While ATVs may seem deceptively stable and easy to operate, most children and youth are not physically or developmentally ready before age 16 to ride them safely. And […] Read more