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My Dad is really into hunting. He recently got an ATV to help him get around because he's getting older.<br><br>
Ever since DS was born, he keeps making jokes about wanting to take him on the 4 wheeler. Now that DS is getting older, and I mean 2.5 older, he's talking about strapping his carseat to the ATV and taking him out.<br><br>
I just don't see ANY way for this to be safe. I've ridden on ATVs before, and even for an adult with a helmet on (which my Dad won't wear) they are a roll hazard. I know some people who have been very injured on them.<br><br>
Has anyone done this? What age? What safety precautions did you take? I really think it's going to end in my saying "no way, no how", but I suppose I could be talked into it if there was a VERY safe way to do it.
 

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I can't imagine strapping a carseat to a 4-wheeler. If your going to let them ride, get them a good helmet and just let them sit on the seat - that way at least they aren't strapped to it if it does roll, and won't be crushed by it. I could see letting DS1 ride around on a 4-wheeler with someone I trusted 100% to go SLOW like around the yard, but not out mudding or anything of the sort.
 

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No...there is no safe way to do that.<br><br>
If a child is going to go on an ATV, it should be a child-sized ATV with a governed motor. Full safety equipment including a full-sized safety shield helmet, knee pads, leather gloves, heavy pants/blue jeans, solid boots, and an armored jacket should be worn.<br><br>
The child should not be on an ATV until he has the physical control to manage it himself, which is definitely not now. Most kids won't have that sort of physical dexterity until well into grade school.<br><br>
The child absolutely should not be secured to the ATV with a car seat or anything else.
 

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Absolutely not, if there was a roll over he would be crushed.
 

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My kids have ridden on our 4-wheeler. They're in full gear and I will only ever let them ride with dh.<br><br>
I can't imagine how or why you'd strap a carseat on.
 

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Thanks, all. Now I don't feel like a crazy person. DH said he MIGHT agree to letting my Dad take him with protective gear at a very slow speed in a parking lot, but that would be about as far as taht would go. And I agree, strapping a car seat to it sounds like crazy talk.<br><br>
Phew.
 

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Wow, no way!<br>
I agree that full safety gear on slow speed in a parking lot would be relatively safe-- relatively-- but I still might not even allow that, just to avoid the slippery slope, if that makes sense.<br><br>
4wheelers scare me. My husband flipped over backwards on one (ALONE in the woods once) and I am SO thankful he wasn't hurt.... and my BIL suffered a concussion on one. He doesn't know how, because he lost the memory of the hours before the accident.<br><br>
Of course, neither of them wore helmets <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">, but still-- for me, the benefit is not worth the risk.<br><br>
As slightly different but applicable story-- Dh had a student whose mother was a grief counselor. She told Dh that the hardest case she ever had was a dad who was riding around with his daughter on his lap while he mowed the grass w/ a riding mower. The girl fell off, and he ran over her. I think it would be very easy for something like this to happen....perhaps the results would not be quiet as devastating w/ a 4wheeler as with a lawn mower, but still-- I think it's a pretty scary idea.
 
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