Off Roading Essay

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Final Paper
Off-Roading
By:
Robert Zeiger
English – Mrs. Morrow
Robert Zeiger
Off –Roading
English-Mrs. Morrow
All-Terrain Vehicles are the most exhilarating feeling in the world.
Off-Roading is the recreation of riding or driving a vehicle on unsurfaced roads or tracks, which are made of materials such as sand, gravel, riverbeds, mud, snow, rocks, and other natural terrain. There all types of all terrain vehicles such as dirt bikes, ATV’s (which is quads), dune buggies, and trucks (such as Jeep’s) which all participate in different types of events or journeys. In this research paper I am going to be covering the aspects of where people can go to explore these ...view middle of the document...

Places like the Pine Barrens in New Jersey, the sand dunes of Henderson, NV, and the rocky mountains of Colorado offer hundreds of miles of unexplored territory that can all be journeyed by all terrain vehicles. Not only can off-road enthusiast journey the world, they can all so participate in events such dirt bike jumping, mountain climbing, mudding, snowmobiling, outdoor racing competitions, and many more.
My next area of research is how dangerous off-roading can be. Operating an all terrain vehicle can be every dangerous if enthusiasts do not take the necessary precautions by wearing proper equipment before setting out on their adventures. Professional all terrain vehicle riders have the most exciting but dangerous careers. This is because they are risking their safety and well being every given second they are operating their machines. Performing insane stunts at maximum speed, anything can happen at the blank of an eye. Just imagine these are professionals that have this risk and dangers, the stakes are even higher for the less experienced enthusiast trying to push their luck. Proper equipment is essential before operating an all terrain vehicle.
These are some statics on the seriousness of operating all terrain vehicles: (www.aitkenbikelaw.com)
ATV accident facts and statistics - In 1985, 400,000 ATVs were in operation in the US. Today, 9.2 million ATVs are used in the United States.

ATV fatalities
* Between 1982 and 2008, 9,633 people have died in ATV accidents.
* 516 of these fatal ATV accident victims were in California
* 2,588 of these victims were under the age of 16 (over 1,100 of these were children younger than 12)
* Children under the age of 16 account for 27% of all ATV accident fatalities
* In the last 10 years, the number of children killed in off-road vehicle accidents increased by 88 percent

ATV accident injuries
* In 2008, 135,100 people were seriously injured in ATV accidents
* Of these injured people, 28 percent-or 37,700-were under the age of 16.
* Over the last 10 years, the number of children hospitalized because of ATV accident injuries increased by 109 percent
* Over 44,000 children were hospitalized due to accidents on ATVs in 2005 compared to 19,300 in 1995.
* The injury risk for children drivers is much higher compared to drivers older than 16, 7.6 percent and 5.1 percent respectively.
* 63 percent of those children injured in ATV accidents are harmed while driving the ATV.
* ATV riding has the highest risk of injuries requiring hospitalization compared to 33 other sports, including snowboarding, wrestling, football, basketball, and skateboarding.

My final area of research is about how expensive off-roading can get. The cost of these all terrain vehicles can get ridiculously expensive. Not only are these vehicles expensive from the factory which is upward of $5000 which can be seen at (atv.com). Cost of these vehicles all so...

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