ATVs have adapted to safety concerns; Machines are more family-friendly

The all-terrain vehicle is growing up.

Having started life as a utility vehicle to assist farmers, fishermen, loggers and hunters manoeuvre through mud and rocky terrain, the ATV graduated to the world of recreation in the 1980s, bringing a little style and speed to the Canadian wilderness.

But not everyone was happy to see it.

Along with the thrill of the ride came complaints of noise and rut marks and worries over safety, particularly for children.

Manufacturers and aficionados recognized the problem and in the last few years, the design and use of ATVs has evolved, providing a more family-friendly and safe environment.

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