GENERAL SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS

No second rider - No extra passenger!

-It impairs the operator's ability to steer and control the vehicle and can interfere with the operator's ability to shift his weight in a turn.

(Occupants are acceptable only if the vehicle was made to accommodate 2 people).

-Check the riding area to be sure that it is clean and clear of dirt or debris.

-Know the rules and laws related to ATVs in your area.

-Get permission when operating on private property.

-Use lights, flags and reflectors to increase the visibility of the ATV.

-Do not show off or "hotdog" or try stunt driving or speeding.

-ATV tires are not made for highway use, so stay off the public roads and paved surfaces, which can affect the handling and control of the ATV, resulting in the potential for an overturn.

-Keep your feet on the footrests at all times.

-Remain cognizant of the ìhotî parts on the ATV, the exhaust pipe, muffler, and the engine. They will burn you.

-Keep your feet and hands away from moving parts.

-Maintain proper posture in to order to properly operate the controls.

- Do not operate an ATV or any other vehicle if you have alcohol or prescription drugs in your bloodstream, it affects your ability to maintain control.



ATV MAINTENANCE TIPS

- Tires - Maintain air pressure according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Uneven tire pressure causes the vehicle to pull in the direction of the tire with less air pressure.

- Oil and fuel - Check for leaks and that the proper level of the liquids are maintained.

- Drive train, chassis and other parts - Check before each use that all parts are in good repair and ready for use.

- Lights - Check all lights that they are working properly and are clean for the best illumination.

- Brakes -Check the brakes before every use. Follow the instruction manual to be sure of the proper adjustment

I hope this information about ATV safety has been beneficial. If you have any questions or would be interested in enrolling in the 4-H engineering projects please give me a call. My phone number is (601) 656-4602.

UPCOMING EVENTS

• May 8 - County 4-H Council, 3:30 p.m., Neshoba Coliseum.

• May 14 - Shooting Sports Hamburger Cookout/Awards Recognition, 6 p.m., Beason Home, Fork Community, (Invitation Only)

• May 15-16 - 4-H Record Workshop, 3-5 p.m., Neshoba Coliseum.

• May 17 - 4-H Poster Art and Dairy Poster Contest Entry Deadline.