While exploring the trails on an ATV brings many unknowns, one thing is always for certain, and that’s the pure adrenaline factor. ATVs promise the thrill of hitting top speeds while tackling all types of rough terrain. ATV riding can easily be the most exciting highlight of your weekend. Of course, there are always risks involved with riding an ATV so it’s important to know how to protect yourself.
Here at Peak Honda World ATV in Littleton, CO, we’ve put together some useful information on ATV safety. If you have further questions or need to stock up on some gear before your next ride, visit our dealership today! We’re located 20 minutes south of Denver near Englewood, CO.
For starters, you need to be sure you have the appropriate gear before you ride. you’ll need a helmet with a high crash test rating, long pants and long sleeves, gloves, and boots. Your clothing doesn’t necessarily need to be specialized as long as you protect your extremities. On another note, if your helmet of choice doesn’t come with a face shield, you should invest in goggles or a face mask to keep dust, debris, and rocks out of your face and eyes.
In order to know that your vehicle is in good condition for riding, you’ll need to keep up with its routine maintenance. Always make sure your tires are in great shape and evenly pressured. Your brakes should also be in pristine condition so they can stop you before a crash or impact. Your engine fluids and fuel should be topped off before you ride so you don’t end up sputtering and stalling on the trails.
operate heavy machinery, you need to be focused and alert so you can keep yourself and those around you safe. Therefore, you should never be under the influence of alcohol or drugs before hopping on your ATV for a day of riding. You should also make it a point to listen to your body and know your limits. Don’t try to pull off any stunts you can’t handle or take on unfamiliar rails at high speeds when you don’t know what’s lurking around the corner.
Whether you check before, during, or after your ride, look for ice and snow dams. This is just a collection of material, snow or ice depending on temperature and location, and can cause your ATV to slow down and can even damage it. Washing your ATV regularly can protect you from this, as well as any corrosive road salt you might encounter.
Remember to always be aware of those around you like hikers, campers, or even wild animals that might’ve stumbled into your path. It’s always ideal to ride during daylight and when the weather is good so you’re not hindered by rain, wind, or other elements that can make your ride more dangerous than it needs to be. Most ATVs are only built for a single rider so don’t overload it with additional passengers or cargo than it can handle.
Now that you know the basics, you’re ready to hit the trails on your ATV. If you want to learn more about ATV safety or you’re interested in checking out our latest models, visit us at Peak Honda World in Littleton, CO today!