Statistically, roller coasters are the safest ride in the park. Each day, safety engineers spend hours going over every inch of track, examining each portion for wear and tear, or anything that could indicate a problem. The designers of the roller coaster carefully crafted this thrilling ride to be just that, but you're actually in less danger than you think. You face a greater threat of injury playing sports or riding a bike than you do on a park ride. Amusement park rides use physics laws to simulate danger, while the rides themselves are typically very safe.
According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) the odds that you'll be seriously injured on an amusement ride are about one in seven million -- the odds against a fatal injury one in two hundred fifty million. In other words, amusement rides are among the safer recreations you can participate in. Injuries are more common from playing sports, bicycling or horseback riding. You're much, much more likely to be injured in your car driving to the park than riding the thrill rides.
To stay safe on these rides there are things you can do.
|Watch the rides in operation|
|Check your own restraints|
|Keep hands and arms inside the car at all times|
|Abide by height restrictions|
|Respect all other posted ride restrictions|
|Do not stand up on roller coasters.|
|Do not rock or shake cars.|
|Report problems to the park|
|Try these links for more information on amusement park ride safety:|
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