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The Complete Guide To Youth ATV Riding Gear

If you’re a motorsports enthusiast and a parent, it’s a dream come true when your kids start to take their own interest in riding. Hitting the trail together is a great way to spend quality time as a family. You’ll create lasting memories while your kids pick up all the life skills that rugged outdoor activity provides. 

When teaching your children to ride ATVs, safety is your top priority. Taking time to provide proper instruction, using child-sized vehicles, and restricting unsupervised rides are all important measures for staying safe. 

It’s also important to outfit kids with properly-fitting gear. Safety gear such as helmets and gloves only provide sufficient protection if they’re appropriately sized. 

Let’s review the key considerations for safely introducing children to ATV riding. Then, we’ll run through the essential ATV safety gear for young riders. 

Safety Considerations for Children Riding ATVs

Only allow children to operate ATVs that are properly sized to their growing bodies. There are plenty of smaller, youth-sized ATVs that are very affordable and perfect for smaller riders. 

When it’s time to let your child operate an ATV, start them out on beginner-level trails. Allow plenty of time for mastering the fundamentals of riding before attempting routes that are rugged or designed for advanced riders. 

Before setting out on a ride, inspect your child’s vehicle. Check the headlights, controls, and the engine to make sure everything is working. 

When riding with your child, make sure they ride ahead of you or beside you within your field of vision. That way, you’ll know right away if something goes wrong. 

Most likely, all of your rides will go smoothly and safely. However, to prepare for the worst, provide youth riders with emergency signaling gear. This may include red blinking lights, whistles, or GPS trackers. Store these items in the ATV and make sure that the young rider is up to speed on their operation. 

Essential ATV Safety Gear for Youth

Safe riding requires high-quality gear. Here’s a rundown on the essential safety gear for young ATV riders. 

Helmet

A helmet designed for ATV use protects the rider’s face and head. The helmet also blocks flying debris, rain, or mud from becoming distractions. 

Choose a helmet that provides complete head coverage. To be sure you’re purchasing a high-performance helmet, look for one that’s independently verified for its quality by a third-party authority, such as Snell or the Department of Transportation. 

Goggles

ATV-specific goggles create a complete enclosure around the eyes. This prevents any debris kicked up by the tires from getting in or around a rider’s eyes. 

Look for goggles with durable straps, a snug fit, and polarization for sun glare protection. 

Gloves

The hands are the most active body parts when riding. They control steering and acceleration while helping your body stay seated and balanced. 

With all the gripping and turning required for motorsports, high-quality gloves are essential. They protect your hands against blisters, scrapes, and the elements. Look for gloves that offer plenty of padding and protection while allowing a full range of motion for the wrist and fingers. 

Boots

Riders use their feet to stay balanced and secure. For safe and comfortable riding, high-quality footwear is key. 

Purchase boots that are designed specifically for motorsports use. They should be durable and waterproof. Boots should also be snug, but with enough room to tuck riding pants into. 

Riding Apparel

Outfit youth riders with durable apparel. The skin should be fully covered to minimize the impact of both minor and major accidents.

Use long-sleeve shirts, jackets, and pants. Choose items that provide additional protection, such as padding, as well as breathability and flexibility. 

Get Youth ATV Riding Gear in Idaho Today

Switchback Motorsports is your home in Southeast Idaho for all your motorsports needs. We carry an amazing collection of youth-sized ATVs. Financing is available for ATV purchases. 

We also offer riding gear for all ages. Visit our showroom in Pocatello to get the whole family fully prepared for hitting the trails this summer! 

To learn more, visit the Switchback Motorsports blog or contact our team any time with your questions. 

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