All ATV riders were once beginners just learning how to ride. The first day scares and jitters had to be survived by learning riding techniques and new ways of managing the vehicle. For a lot of beginners, this is both challenging and thrilling. At the end of the day, learning how to ride the ATV is an exciting and a wonderful accomplishment. Your very first day on the ATV will be a risky one. That is why you should learn the basics of ATVing. These tips will help improve your riding experience and help you stay safe.
Read the Manual
First of all, you should go through the ATVs manual. You must be familiar with the vehicle and its mechanics. Take time and read your ATV’s instruction manual. Once you become familiar with the vehicle’s controls, you will be able to master it! Always begin with the right procedure for kick starting the vehicle.
Inspect the Vehicle
Secondly, you should inspect the ATV. Before every ride, inspect the ATV’s mechanical condition. This will reduce your chances of being stranded or injured. A well inspected ATV can ensure a wonderful, blissful ride but more importantly make the ride safer. Pre-ride inspection should involve the following:
- Check if the ATV’s tire pressure is balanced on all sides. Improper tire pressure will influence your overall ride experience.
- Check if the axle nuts and wheel nuts are tight. This is when you should test the foot shifter, throttle and levers.
- Check if the coolant levels, oil and fuel are void of leaks. Now, you should make sure the vehicle is properly lubricated.
The Right Practice Grounds
As a beginner, you should choose a small, open, flat practice area. The practice area should range between 100 and 200 feet. It shouldn’t have any hazards or obstacles. Never practice on paved surfaces or public roads.
When you are riding an ATV, try to maintain a proper posture. The correct posture will help you react quickly and operate controls easily. Here are a few tips on how to maintain your posture:
- Your head and eyes should be up.
- Your shoulders should be relaxed and elbows must be away from your entire body.
- The knees should be bent near the gas tank.
- Your hands should rest on the handlebars firmly.