The Beginner's Guide to ATV Safety
Sure, ATVs look cool and are a really fun way to be outside, but they can also be dangerous if you're not careful. From proper safety gear to proper training, here are a few tips to be sure your rides are smooth, exciting, and injury-free.
1. Proper Safety Gear
As any enthusiast of powersports vehicles knows, safety starts before you even get on the vehicle. It doesn't matter if it is a dirt bike, ATV, or motorcycle, wearing safety gear is really important. At a minimum, you should wear a helmet and goggles. Additional safety gear would be boots that cover your ankles and riding gloves as well as wearing full-length pants and a long-sleeved shirt, this way you won't lose any skin in an accident.
2. Inspect Your Vehicle
Since people take powersports vehicles off-road a lot, you need to make sure yours is in good condition before each ride. You should check your tires for wear and damage. Check that all the wires are properly connected so your controls work and look at the chain to make sure none of the teeth are worn and that it's properly lubricated. Making sure your vehicle is in good repair can prevent accidents from it seizing up unexpectedly and flipping.
3. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
You need to be aware of what is around you as you ride. Imagine coming up around a corner and getting smacked in a face by a branch, or going down a trail and suddenly having to swerve for a tortoise on the path. By keeping your head on a swivel and making sure you are aware of your surroundings, you can minimize your risk of flipping your ATV and damaging it.
4. Proper Training
If you are planning on riding any of the powersports vehicles then you need proper training. This is especially important when riding sports ATVs or lightweight quads that range in size from 250cc on up to 700cc, as they are especially easy to flip without training. There are many places that provide proper training; your local riding park should be able to recommend someone.
With the proper training you will be better able to be aware of your surroundings. By inspecting your ATV before each ride and wearing proper safety gear you can be sure to enjoy your ride and come home in one piece./p>