Inspect your ATV
Always inspect your ATV before riding to make sure it is in perfect working condition. Check the tire pressure, brakes, lights, and steering. You can refer to your user manual on how to properly care for and inspect your ATV.
Wear Safety Gear
ATVs don’t come equipped with seat belts, so you need to come prepared with a helmet, gloves, goggles, boots, and durable clothing. Learning how to properly maneuver your vehicle will also reduce your risk for accidents.
Learn How to Prevent Flipping Over
Flipping over an ATV is a lot is easier to do than you might think. When you are going up a hill, be sure to keep your feet on the foot boards and shift your weight to the front of the seat to help prevent flipping. When you are going downhill shift your weight to the back of your seat. Always go straight up and down hills so your weight is distributed evenly.
Don’t Ride Alone
To avoid being stranded with a broken down ATV or worse injured without anyone there to help, never ride alone. Stay together and let your riding buddy know which way you are going at every turn so you don’t get separated.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Driving a car or truck impaired is a bad idea, but driving an ATV drunk is even worse. At least in a car you have a seat belt and are surrounded by metal. With an ATV all you have to protect you is your safety gear and your judgement. Don’t let alcohol impair your reaction time and put you at risk for injuries and accidents.
Don’t Attempt Stunts or Tricks
Leave the stunts to the professionals. While you are out there to have a good time, it’s not worth risking flipping your ATV to try out a new trick.
Remember safety comes first when you are riding an ATV. Learn how to prevent accidents by following these rules and driving cautiously.