5 Safety Tips for ATV Trail Riding
Be Prepared & Be Safe
The most important thing when riding your ATV on a trail is not just that you bike is prepared, but that you are prepared as well. This includes making sure you have the proper equipment to not only fix problems that may occur on your bike, but the proper equipment to protect YOU as well. It is important to ALWAYS wear safety gear, it could save you from potential injuries. Safety gear includes helmets, goggles, boots, and gloves…all of it! There is no seat belt on ATVs, and I’m sure you’ve heard plenty of stories of them flipping over. It’s better to be safe than sorry. We’re all about having a good time, but it’s important that you practice safe habits while doing it.
Also don’t forget to do a quick inspection of your ATV before you head out, make sure everything is in place and running smoothly. Nothing worse than running into a problem in the middle of a trail that could have been fixed in the comfort of your own home.
Make good decisions & don’t ride alone
When riding your ATV it’s important to always make smart decisions – because after all, you are on a very powerful machine. Good decisions include not riding your ATV under the influence. We all know that alcohol and drugs impair your judgement, and it can lead to you doing moves, speeds, or jumps that you wouldn’t normally do. It’s not worth putting yourself or friends in jeopardy. There’s enough time after the ride to share some cold ones with your buddies.
Speaking of buddies. DON’T RIDE ALONE. For the simple fact that if something does happen, you have someone looking out for you and to help. Whether it’s fixing the ATV, getting the help you need, or working together to solve a problem. Plus, riding is always more fun with a friend.
Stick To The Trails
Trails were designed for a reason… use them! Trails are fun to ride, but it can be dangerous to try to make your own path. You can think that it looks safe, but it may not be. It also keeps the environment protected and keeps the sport fun for everyone else. Stay on the path… Stay where it is legal!
Make Sure You Have The Right ATV
You want to always make sure that your ATV is a right fit for you. Being on an ATV that is too powerful or big for you is just not a smart decision. As a general rule, 90cc and larger engines are only for those that are 16 years and older. Make sure that if you’re riding with younger kids, you ensure they are set up properly, and once again safely.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
With any powerful powersports vehicle, the most important thing is to be aware of your surroundings. Always make sure to be looking ahead and around you. When you’re on an ATV you want to always make sure you are alert and aware. And of course GO FAST, when it’s appropriate.
Hopefully this list of tips serves you well out on the trail. Remember, this is only a partial list and not to be taken as exclusive advice. Learn your machine, your gear, and proper safety practices, and you’ll be well on your way to an enjoyable day driving your ATV out on the trail!
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