According to a new HTV helmet survey, two-thirds of users still don’t wear a helmet when they ride ATVs because they feel foolish wearing them on their own farm or don’t believe they ride fast enough to warrant them. To help combat this issue and to ensure that the importance of wearing a helmet is highlighted among users when driving an ATV, Can-Am is introducing its seven golden rules for ATV usage as part of its responsible riding programme.
The report, carried out by Dr Amy Irwin and Jana Mihulkova from the University of Aberdeen, found that 63.5% of respondents stated they owned a helmet, but only a third of the sample (29.9%) reported wearing a helmet frequently or consistently.
The research pinpointed several underlying factors, including personal perceptions about helmets and barriers that stop farm workers from wearing helmets when using an ATV on their site.
The ATV helmet survey highlighted the following comments:
- I do not go fast enough to need head protection in a crash
- I feel that helmets are unnecessary for short rides
- Helmets are less important for those who ride their ATV infrequently
- Since I am not racing or doing any stunts, I don’t really need a helmet
- Helmets are only necessary for children aged 16 and below
- If you are an experienced rider, you don’t need a helmet
- It is more important to drive carefully than it is to wear a helmet
- You only need a helmet if riding on the road
- You only need a helmet if you are riding on hills
- I would not want to spend money on an ATV helmet
The norms on site
- As an adult, I feel foolish wearing a helmet just to ride around my property
- Wearing a helmet makes me look stupid if no one else is wearing one
- Hardly anyone I know wears a helmet
The barriers presented by helmet cost and comfort
- ATV helmets are uncomfortable to wear
- ATV helmets make the user too hot
- Wearing an ATV helmet can impair your hearing
- I often forget to wear my helmet
- When in a rush, I am less likely to put my helmet on
- I can never find my helmet when I am getting ready to ride my ATV
- If I am tired, I am less likely to wear a helmet
To tackle this issue in 2022 and beyond and to highlight the importance of responsible riding in general, Can-Am is committing to educating new and existing users with seven golden rules as part of its global responsible rider programme:
- Always wear the correct personal protective equipment such as a helmet, boots, long-sleeve shirt and trousers when out riding
- Prepare an itinerary before setting off and communicate it to the people close to you (colleagues, friends, or family)
- Follow the recommendations for use that the manufacturer specifies in the operator’s guide as well as on the safety labels placed on the vehicle
- Follow maintenance instructions as recommended by the manufacturer
- Inspect the vehicle before use to make sure it is in good working order
- Take along communication devices and equipment for breakdowns
- Be mindful of the animals you come across, and do not damage their natural habitat
James Dalke, BRP commercial manager UK and Ireland, says, “As a brand, we are committed to upholding health and safety standards, and our partnership with EASI enables us to offer training to all Can-Am customers. The fact that people have a helmet and do not wear it, and the reasons why they don’t, reflects a mindset that we aim to change through education, as ATVs are the vehicles of choice for farm workers to carry out daily tasks.
BRP (TSX:DOO) is a global leader in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of powersports vehicles and propulsion systems. Its portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am off-road and Spyder vehicles, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems, as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles, and recreational aircraft. BRP supports its line of products with a dedicated parts, accessories, and clothing business.
With annual sales of CA$4.2 billion from over 100 countries, the company employs approximately 8,700 people worldwide.