Buying an ATV: Proper fit
Radio Interview Source: Doug Morris, spokesman, All Terrain Vehicle Association
If you've never purchased an ATV, you may be surprised to learn that these are not "one size fits all" machines. Since a rider's height and weight influences how well the vehicle handles on different types of terrain, a proper fit is essential for maximum safety. This is particularly important if you plan to let a child use the vehicle. At a bare minimum, the rider must be able to stand on the floorboards or the foot pegs with at least three inches of clearance on the seat. It's also a good idea to make sure the rider's fingers on the handlebars can easily reach the levers and brakes.
To learn more about buying an ATV, review the following helpful resources:
Stay Safe on Your ATV: ATV safety tips, including advice on choosing a vehicle that matches the rider's height and weight.
How to "Fit" an ATV to a Rider: Simple tips to help you determine if an ATV is a good match for your size, physical strength, and stamina.
Kids and ATVs: Advice on making sure you have selected an ATV that is an appropriate match for your child.
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