Avoid trouble on ATVs

Many who ride ATV, or all terrain vehicles, will admit itâ??s an exhilarating way to enjoy the outdoors.

However, riding one can land you in the hospital or worse if itâ??s not operated safely.

ATVs and watercrafts are top sellers at Redline Powersports in Myrtle Beach, according to the storeâ??s General Manager Robb Eldredge.

Eldridge says the way an ATV looks presents a false sense of safety since it has four wheels, which makes people believe itâ??s safer than a vehicle with two wheels.

â??They weigh about as much as much as 600 pounds and when an ATV is prone to flip over. They're going to land on top of you each time,â?? Eldredge said.

In a previous version of this story, we reported South Carolina had no laws regulating the use of or age restrictions for ATVs, which was according to a federal government website. In fact, in 2011, South Carolina passed Chandler's Law which does place age restrictions and regulations on the use of ATVs. You can read more about Chandler's Law here.

However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has regulations for dealers of ATVs to follow.

These restrictions require businesses such as Redline Powersports to avoid selling models of ATVs to children under certain ages.

Eldredge says there are several things you should keep in mind when you ride an ATV.

â?¢ Do not have two-passengers on the ATV, because it makes the vehicle more top-heavy and easier to flip over.

â?¢ Wear protective equipment. A helmet is the most critical piece of equipment you can wear.

â?¢ Do not drive an ATV impaired from consumption of alcohol or drugs.

â?¢ Avoid driving an ATV on asphalt, because the tires are not designed to handle that terrain and can flip over more easily.

Eldredge says each ATV manufacturer offers free training to those who buy them.

To find out more on how you can take a course on how to ride an ATV, click here.