Progressive Agriculture Safety Days

Progressive Agriculture Safety Days January 2021

ATV and UTV Safety remains one of the most frequently offered stations at Progressive Agriculture Safety Days held throughout North America. Participants learn about various safe riding practices. (Progressive Farmer image by Progressive Agriculture Foundation)

ATV/UTV Safety remains one of the most frequently offered stations at Progressive Agriculture Safety Days held throughout North America. Participants learn about various safe riding practices, including:

> One size doesn't fit all. Identify the correct size ATV or UTV for the age of the rider.

> Being rider active and understanding the center of gravity. Understand that the long, narrow seat of an ATV is intended for the operator to shift their body forward and backward, not for carrying additional passengers.

> The fragile nature of the human brain and the life-saving capabilities of a properly fitted helmet.

> The need for additional PPE (personal protective equipment) and riding gear, such as helmets, over-the-ankle boots, eye protection, gloves, long pants and long-sleeved shirts. We also discuss being visible to others by mounting an orange pennant safety flag to your vehicle and adding door netting to keep arms and legs inside the UTV.

SUCCESS STORY:

"187 youth at our Progressive Agriculture Safety Day were fitted and sent home with an ATV helmet to reinforce the importance of safety while riding at home, on the trail or on the farm or ranch. A mother of a participant told me how much they appreciated receiving the helmet, as her son was wearing it when he was involved in an ATV incident. He was not injured but was very glad to have had the head protection on." ~Kayla Hinrichs, Progressive Agriculture Safety Day Coordinator, Ord, Nebraska

> Visit progressiveag.org or call us at 888-257-3529 for a complete list of all upcoming 2021 Progressive Agriculture Safety Days or to see how you can host a Safety Day during 2021 or 2022.

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