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How to Be Safe on an All Terrain Vehicle
The use of ATVs as a recreational vehicle, as well as those used for work on farms and ranches, is increasing. Prior to using an ATV it is vital that the operator be well informed and properly trained. All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) can be really fun for off-road racing and riding around. But, precautions must be taken.
Take an ATV safety course.It is important to know your local and state laws before you begin to ride. A good course will not only cover state guidelines, but also review proper gear, tips for navigating hills and turns, and important life saving tips.
Wear proper protective gear.Always wear a properly fit helmet. The helmet should be snug and unable to move when the rider shakes their head. Chin harness must be secure, rider should feel pressure under their chin. The ATV safety institute recommends a long sleeve shirt, long pants, good gloves and boots that cover the ankle. Goggles are recommended; make sure they are free of scratches and fit securely around the head.
Inspect your ATV before every ride.Check the brakes and brake lights. Inspect the throttle. It must return to position immediately when it is released. Measure the air pressure in the tires; refer to the manufactures recommended level. Check headlights, always ride on a full tank of gas. Inspect the chains and drive shaft. Chain should have proper slack and lubrication. Nuts and bolts may loosen with ATV use, check to make sure they are snug.
Be alert for anything your ATV can trip on.The places you will be riding generally won't be as well-kept as the roads, so be careful.
Pay attention to weather conditions.Floods and rain cause poor traction, and in snow you may sink. Getting a strong headwind while riding fast could cause you to flip over.
Avoid braking suddenly.The momentum could throw you forward and lead to possible injury.
Use caution when going up and down hills.When ascending, plant your feet firmly, keep a good grip on the handlebars and keep your weight toward the front of the ATV. When descending keep weight toward the rear of the ATV. Use your brakes gradually as you go down and look ahead at all times. Always maintain a safe speed; do not accelerate quickly. When traveling in a group, keep a safe distance between all riders especially on hills.
No passengers should ride on a single ATV.
Let someone know where you plan to ride and an estimated time for your return.Do not travel on public roads.
Allow the engine to warm up before you begin.Release the parking brake and slowly apply the throttle. Test the brakes one more time while going a slow speed.
When turning the ATV, decrease your speed and shift your body weight toward the inside of the turn.If your ATV begins to tip during a turn, lean your body further into your turn and gradually decrease speed.
Always make turns as wide as possible.A quick sharp turn can lead to an accident.
QuestionWhy do I have to go slow when turning?Tiberiu PopoviciCommunity AnswerIt decreases the risk of tipping over and gives whoever is riding more time to react.Thanks!
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- Properly maintain your ATV. (see external links)
- Do not operate an ATV while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Wear a helmet. A specialised ATV helmet can be bought, otherwise a motorbike helmet is good enough.
- Four-wheeled ATVs have much better balance than three-wheeled ones.
- Only start taking jumps when you feel comfortable. Start doing bigger and bigger jumps.
- Get trained by an expert.
- Do not ride tandem on a single passenger ATV.
- Do not let a child operate an adult size ATV. Make sure your child is riding an ATV suitable for young children.
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