ATV Riding Safety Tips
Staying safe on an ATV involves more than just knowing how to steer and accelerate. It involves a bit of common sense along some preventive measures including having the right gear and adequate ATV insurance coverage. Here are some tips for staying safe on an ATV.
Don’t Ride Alone
While taking passengers on ATV’s is a recipe for danger, it’s wise to have at least one person on another vehicle riding alongside you in case something goes amiss. After all, anything can happen ranging from running out of gas or having a breakdown to getting involved in a crash. Having a buddy nearby can make a huge difference in the situation’s outcome.
Invest in the Right Size ATV
Bigger isn’t always better in the realm of ATV’s, but one too small might not have enough get-up-and-go or power to handle certain jobs. Decide what you’ll be using the vehicle for—racing, towing, pleasure rides, trail grooming, etc.—and this will help determine the right ATV for you. Keep in mind, larger ATV’s take more strength to control and manage.
Don’t Exceed Your Riding Abilities
Sure, all those tricks look pretty cool from afar, but unless you have the knowledge, skill and experience to pull these stunts off, it’s best to leave the antics to the pros. Even when off-roading, use your judgment to determine if the trek is too physically demanding for you or your machine.
Wear Proper Safety Gear
Use Department of Transportation approved helmets saves lives every year. Non-DOT approved helmets do not usually meet the rigorous standards required to protect the head. Wear goggles, long pants, sleeves, gloves and high boots when riding. If riding on asphalt surfaces, consider adding leathers.
Get ATV Insurance Coverage
Before riding anywhere, it’s vital to have adequate ATV insurance coverage, and it would be smart to enroll in an ATV safety course. Many insurers will offer a discount for riders who take the class. An experienced insurance agent can help you determine the level of coverage you need.