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I am guilty of not wearing a helmet while i use the gator around the farm. I have to guess that most other people do the same as I do?

If I were out running trails at high speed, I would wear a helmet. But most of the time I hop in and do 10mph at most as I take my crop tour. I rarely wear a seatbelt...

The issue I have now is that my son does not want to wear a helmet when he rides with us on a quad or with his sister in her rzr 170. As a parent I want him to wear his helmet at all times! But, he looks at me and says, you are not wearing one. I can say all day long any excuse I want, it wont work... I probably should be wearing mine also.

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Yep, the kids will keep you on the straight and narrow. I myself do not have a gator or kids. Good luck with your delema.
 

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Short answer for me...No-we do not wear helmets on the gator.
 

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I dont wear a helment on my sportsman if im hunting, or working with it on the farm. But if I am out trail riding or want to go fast, I wear the helment. I went fast with out the helment once a couple years ago... Well long story short, the sportsman ended up upside down. I got lucky.


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Many Many moons ago I can honestly say a helmet saved my life....even with the helmet I was still in the ICU for 11 days...but at least it was for internal trauma (busted liver) and not brain problems.
My parents never "Forced" us to wear em...when tooling around the house we never did, but anytime we went for an actual "ride" we did.
I think watching the video's of people with mangled faces and permanent disabilites during the ATV Safety Course we took as kids scared me straight.

Around the house doing chores I probably wouldnt push it...would be hard especially if I wouldnt wear one. I think its hard to push the "Do as I say, not as I do" thing. If you want them to wear it, You'll probably need to start.
 

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On the whole, right now the world is too adverse to risk. A "no injury world" is as unobtainable as a world with no bad accounts receivable, no defects in manufacturing, working on tractors and never getting some "skin in the game" and in the extreme "no one looses the game."

Certain jobs require the right equipment, skill, knowledge and caution to be done. The challenge here is to teach kids to assess danger, not to always wrap themselves in padding. I think your "No helmet around the house/under 10 MPH but otherwise wear the helmet" is a good way to start the kids on a path where they can critically think about risk.

As crazy as it sounds, if you do this right there will be some injuries. The goal is to have those injuries be minor cuts and bruises, not busted livers. How many of us learned to wear gloves "the hard way"? Kids learn by what they see and do, with what they hear being a distant 3rd place. A few bumps now and they will be able to think for themselves down the road when they are in situations where there is no prescribed safety plan.

:soapbox: You see this aversion to risk in the business world today. No one funds a new company unless they are just about guaranteed it will be very profitable. So now other countries are innovating in areas where US business leaders fear to tread.

When a bubble wrapped kid turns into a CEO you get Milquetoast Management.
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@ home < 10MPH --> No Helmet.
Else, wear a helmet.

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"Do as I say not as I do!" always worked for me.

Seriously, far too many kids/people get killed in ATV crashes. Make them wear a helmet. Period.
While riding your UTV at low speeds with you may be the one exception.

I love my motorized toys, and we even race bikes and snowmobiles. Wearing Safety equipment is always a must for us during practice, trail riding, anytime! It's that one "freak" accident or dumb luck that has claimed too many on a quick ride.

Someone posted earlier about letting them get banged up and learn for themselves to gain better judgement....I couldn't agree more, because helmets and other protective gear certainly still allows for that "experience" as well as getting bumps and bruises without the more serious injury that you may never forget!

Plus your kids will thank you later......because they can.
 

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Gator, go-cart, No. Dirt bikes, snowmobiles, horses, bicycles.....you want to ride...put the helmet on, end of story. As a parent, what I say goes. Works for me.
 

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I do not wear a helment when running the Gator...in regards to the Honda ATV my wife and I both need to get a helmet. I grew up on Yamaha dirt bikes and I always wore a helment without anyone telling me I should.
 

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To helmet or not

For me, if I'm working around the farm or at the hunting land, I do not wear one, or a seat belt. However, I do make the kids wear one when riding their atv, not when riding their golf carts. As for them asking or rationalizing why I don't have one on; thats why I'm the parent, I don't allow such questions, really simple, if you ride the atv, the helmet goes on and that's the end of it! I don't rationalize with them, I explain why they must wear it, period. No democracy at my house, more of a dictatorship. If you have a problem with rationalizing with your kids over a helmet, don't ever take them to Florida where you dont have too have a helmet BUT, you better wear that seat belt! Say What?!?!
 

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Most of the people don't because gators are big and apart from it they are hardly been drived on roads only on farms or fields ,plus the cause of accident are actually quite low on it.
 

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Riding the Gator no ,we do not wear helmets , seat belts YES. Our neighbor has 3 4 wheelers, none of his family wear a helmets. Watching his grandson then 13-14 come down the dirt road across from our house. This dirt road is part of his grandfathers farm. He is going slow,holding a rifle straight up in the air. Just as I thinking this could be bad front tire hits a large stone and over on it side it goes. Thankfully he wasn't hurt and the 4 wheeler fell to the high side of the bank instead of to the low side . If it had fell to the low side it might have rolled 10-15 times ,need less to say it was a steep back on the low side of the bank.
 

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I do have a Gator.. Mine is used around my yard or other properties I take care of in my business.. Hardly ever go top speed which is only 25mph.. I am aware the to speed has nothing to do with anything, but I choose not to wear a helmet. I have no kids, and rarely have riders on machine, and when I do they are adults.. :greencart:
 

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Gator?

Nope. The thing has 4 wheels, sits low, and wont get out of it's own way slower than slow.
I wont wear a Helmet on a Horse either, and horses are faster, meaner, and more prone to throwing you.

On the quad and bikes, the kids are wearing a skull bucket, or they are going to wish they had run into a tree and got things over with.
No room for that.
 

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Funny, almost the same question was asked on the Can Am Commander forum yesterday. "What helmet do you use"? My answer was a baseball cap. I get the same question all the time about riding horses. "Why don't you wear a helmet"?

I do not look down on those who do but I have ridden horses since I could walk and never with a helmet. I have come off horses more times than I care to admit and can't think of a single time I said, "I wish I had a helmet on". Stupid? Maybe but, that is just the way I care to ride. I have always worn a helmet riding my two wheeler though. Never wear one riding the side by side.

I just don't think the gubberment should be involved in those decisions. Too many states have already become involved peoples rights and they can't even run themselves.

Bottom line? When God wants me, he will take me regardless of what I am wearing.
 

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Bottom line? When God wants me, he will take me regardless of what I am wearing.
Hate to say it but you're probably right.
 

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I don't have a gator but a 2014 RZR XC with 5 point harnesses and yes I make everyone including myself wear one. Have you ever seen pics online of what someone's head looks like after it hit one of the roll bars hard = trip to the ER and a couple visits to a plastic surgeon. All of which is not cheap, so I've got about four GMAX 65 full dress helmets in different sizes. They were about $75 each I think that's about how much they charge for an aspirin in the ER alone.

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I don't have a gator but a 2014 RZR XC with 5 point harnesses and yes I make everyone including myself wear one. Have you ever seen pics online of what someone's head looks like after it hit one of the roll bars hard = trip to the ER and a couple visits to a plastic surgeon. All of which is not cheap, so I've got about four GMAX 65 full dress helmets in different sizes. They were about $75 each I think that's about how much they charge for an aspirin in the ER alone.

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Nick, I am so sorry you are not a good enough driver to keep from banging your passengers heads against the roll bars. I am sorry you also had to settle for a RZR.

Come on I'm kidding Nick. Nice ride.

Helmets make me claustrophobic.
 

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Because I was the closest house, I was called to an accident a few years ago on a trail. I knew the young man who was driving the ATV (don't know what brand) but I did not recognize him. His buddy in front stopped and he didn't. Hit the ATV in front and went off over the handlebars and landed on his head. It was not a pretty sight. When I got there, I asked where his helmet was. One guy gave me the answer that I already knew, "He wasn't wearing one". The victim died on the helicopter on the way to the hospital.
 
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