Safety Gears for Your Little ATV Riders
Your child’s safety will always be your priority. Your child could be skilled at riding good ATVs, and it still wouldn’t stop you from worrying about their safety. The roads could be bumpy or someone else could be careless – countless factors exist which put parents on high alert at all times.
We need to be cautious, but we can’t stop them from growing up. ATVs play a huge part during your child’s formative years, as this is the first taste they get of doing something completely on their own.
What we can do is take all the necessary precautions and hope that they can prevent any potential injury. If children have safety gears covering every part of their body that can take a hit during a fall, major injuries can easily be avoided for most of the ride-on toys.
Putting your child in safety gears don’t always have to be expensive. If you’re on a budget, you can take care of the more vulnerable body parts first and then proceed to other areas. Shall we take a look at these safety gears then?
Helmets are a must for riding ATVs. Even if you forego everything else, the helmet can’t be ignored. There will never be an organ as important as the brain and a helmet is always there to save the day by warding off any harm that may be headed your brain’s way. With a starting price of $85, helmets need to be approved by the Department of Transportation before you can deem it safe for use. Take your kid for a trial in this case. Try all kinds of helmets to find the one that best fits your kid’s head and is comfortable to move around in; otherwise, it could fall off or irritate your child, and that’s the opposite of what anyone wants.
Goggles are way cheaper than helmets, costing as less as $15. However, if you have goggles, it does not mean that you can skip wearing a helmet and vice versa. Again, fitting is extremely important in this scenario. There should be no exposed skin in between the goggles and the helmet; otherwise, all safety effort will be for naught. Like in the case of a helmet, visiting a store and trying out the goggles is the best course of action.
A handsome pair of goggles can not only protect your eyes in the case of an accident but also shield your eyes from dust, wind, and the sun’s rays in the event that your child turns into a frequent rider.
3- Shirts And Pants
The most obvious one on this list – a lot of people seem to miss this basic requirement. Shirts with long sleeves and pants are a must while riding. This all-covering ensemble’s work is not only to protect you from the sun and the chilly wind but also to minimize the damage in case of a fall.
Cuts and scrapes are less likely to occur if your hands and legs are completely covered. Add to that the fact that children can experiment with their looks as much as they want in case of shirts and pants and it’s a win-win situation for everyone.
4- Boots for the Feet
After your head, your lower body is the most likely to sustain an injury in the case of a fall. For this purpose, it is best that every part of your leg is protected and so are your feet. A good pair of shoes also provides support, which is an added benefit. In this case, footwear that is ankle length and covers your toes are the best option. The rider boots are the most famous and preferred ones, starting at $100.
Our feet aren’t the only things that need protection. When falling, our first instinct is to brace ourselves for the fall with our hands to prevent our head from coming in contact with the ground. Which is a great thing for our brain, but it leaves our hands at a greater risk of getting bruised. Gloves prevent direct contact with any sharp objects on the ground. They also help us grip the handles of our ATV better and prevent the occurence of blistering when riding on a daily basis. Motorcycle gloves start at about $30.
6- Guards or Pads
Guards are safety gears available for the knees, elbows, wrists, and neck with the price range varying from $20 $50 for all of them. These are usually for more advanced riders,. The knees, the elbows, the wrists, and the neck are, actually, the most sensitive areas of our bodies and bruise more easily than other body parts. Guards help keep these injuries at a safe distance.
7- Kidney Belts
The most advanced protective gear on this list, kidney belts are not visible to the general public and are sometimes overlooked. Kidney belts usually cover the entire expanse of your stomach and back, though it is thicker at the back while the front is lighter to allow room for breathing. Made of elastic fiber, their job is to protect the kidneys, which are positioned at the middle of our back. They might look uncomfortable but they are made with the purpose of providing optimum comfort to the riders, and their presence is almost forgotten once you get used to them. This is one of the gears where the fitting matters a lot as it not only prevents harm from coming to your kidneys but also stabilizes your posture.
Picking out protective gears can be a tricky business. You want your child to get the best safety gears possible without feeling uneasy and annoyed because of those very gears. Your child must also have a hard time understanding why these gears are important, so it is always a good idea to explain to them the different functions of all these gears. Children who are starting out can afford to forego guards and kidney belts, but if your child has taken a keen interest in riding, advanced gears are a must. Safety gears can also be quite costly, so make sure to weigh out all your options before settling on your final choices.