Staying Safe While Riding on an ATV

There are several things you need to do when out riding on your ATV to keep you and others safe. Below is a list of some of those things.

uuid2203063c-171b-4edd-946e-45715deaab65groupid4437269t1301331368121*Show respect for the environment you ride in:  Be sure to only ride in areas that have been approved and only in the designated areas. Follow the laws of the area and be sure to have permission before you go on private property. Never ride on surfaces that are paved.

*Choose the Right Settings: Be sure to ride your ATV in a good setting. Never ride your ATV in the road. They are not designed for riding on them and it isn’t safe to ride with larger trucks and cars. Also, never ride your ATV on terrain where it can roll over easily or where the ground is unstable.

*Respect Your Limits: Never ride at speeds that are excessive or go past where you can see. Know the maneuvers you are capable of and do not go beyond them. If you increase your speed in some terrains, it is decrease the control you have and the stability of the ATV, increasing the chance of you having an accident.

*Never Drive While Impaired: You should never, under any circumstance, drive while you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Many prescription and over the counter medications can also impair your judgment, thinking processes, and reaction time, so do not operate an ATV if you are taking them.

*Do Not Attempt Stunts or Tricks: On ATV’s, most injuries occur when people operate them improperly. Be sure to ride your ATV appropriately and do not perform stunts or tricks that will increase your chances of having an accident. Also, do not interact inappropriately with others while on an ATV.

*Let Someone Know: If you are going for a ride, be sure to tell someone where you are going. It is best to ride in a group and have a buddy system for safety.

*Have Something to Communicate With: When you are operating an ATV, you should always have a walkie talkie or cell phone with you.  This way, you can contact someone in the case of an emergency. This is imperative for anyone that is riding alone.

By following these pointers, you will be able to have a fun, safe, enjoyable ride.