All-terrain vehicles have a design made for use off the road. They can handle difficult terrain easily, but this does not mean they are safe to drive on every surface.
According to U.S. News and World Report, there are three conditions that prove incredibly dangerous for ATV drivers when combined. Driving an ATV while under the influence after dark on a paved road substantially increases the chances of accidents.
Driving under the influence
Driving any type of vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is a recipe for disaster. Alcohol decreases motor skills and alters your senses. It makes it difficult to be responsible and safe.
Driving after dark
Riding your ATV after dark may be something you enjoy doing, but you probably understand that the lower visibility increases the risks. Unexpected events, such as an animal in your path may be harder to react to because you may not see them. In addition, nighttime is the time of day most likely associated with intoxication, which only makes it more dangerous.
Driving on paved roads
The intended use for ATVs is not on roads. They cannot drive as fast as a vehicle. The tires specifically do not have a design that is made to drive at higher speeds, which can reduce control and lead to roll-over accidents more easily. They are not built to withstand the impact of a vehicle, and drivers are not prepared to watch out for them on the roads.
Responsible ATV driving can help you to reduce your risks of an accident, especially a fatal one. You should only drive them off the road and at reasonable speeds. Daylight use is the best, but regardless, you should never operate one after drinking alcohol.