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Staying SAfe on ATVs This Easter and School Holidays

As we approach the Easter break and with school holidays occurring or soon to commence around Australia, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is reminding Australians that known safety practices and training help keep all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users safe when using their vehicles.

Holidays are a great time for adults and children to be active and enjoy the outdoors. Of particular importance for children, is to ensure they ride an age appropriate ATV.

FCAI Chief Executive Tony Weber said it is important that when using an ATV, users follow known safety practices such as wearing a helmet, not using the ATV for tasks or in environments which it is not suited, and not using an ATV under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“Riders should undertake training, read the owner’s manual and watch the safety video provided with the ATV, before riding,” Mr Weber said.

“Users should also be conscious that many ATVs are single rider only vehicles. Carrying passengers, particularly children, even for a short distance can be dangerous.”

The FCAI stresses that children under the age of 16 must only ride specifically designed and labelled age appropriate ATVs, under adult supervision, and never be allowed to ride adult sized ATVs.

For more information on ATV safety, including the ‘nine steps to stay safe’, visit the ATV Safety website at www.atvsafety.com.au

The FCAI wishes all ATV users and their families a safe and happy Easter and school holidays.

 

For further information contact:
Sheena Ireland, Communications Manager
P: 02 6229 8221
M: 0458 038 555
E: sheena.ireland@fcai.com.au