10 tips for safe ATV riding

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10 tips for safe ATV riding

A line of ATVs at the start of their journey

So you’ve got your new all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or maybe you’re still in the process of buying one. Either way, you can’t wait to get out there and hit those trails. We don’t blame you but before you get going, take a look at these ATV safety tips. We promise it will not interfere with your experience and should actually enhance it.

1. Make sure you know what you’re doing

Yes, we can see you rolling your eyes but we’re not trying to insult your intelligence. Riding an ATV is a skill just like riding a bike or driving a car. Make sure you’ve taken the time to learn your machine and the techniques involved with riding it. There is safety in competence and confidence.

2. Wear protective clothing

No, we’re not trying to upsell here. Believe us when we say that wearing the right gear is all important. You may think you’re too tough to wear a helmet but should you ever be flipped off your quad, you may find yourself proven horribly wrong. Don’t take that risk. Don your helmet, suit, gloves and boots, and put your mind to rest.

3. Do a pre-trip inspection

Take a little time and check every part of your ATV: rims, tyre tread and inflation; cables and connections; lights; chains – everything. It’s well worth the few minutes it takes to make sure your quad is fully functional.

4. Stick to the trail

It’s tempting to go off into the rough but remember that those trails are there for a reason. They were laid down and marked out by people who know the terrain. There’s a time to be a pioneer and a Sunday morning jaunt through the forest probably isn’t it.

5. Ride sober

Need we say more? We shouldn’t even have to include this in the list.

6. Never ride alone

Like hiking, ATV riding is an activity that you shouldn’t do on your own. If you find yourself in a ditch, if you should run out of fuel or take a tumble and end up unconscious, you will want someone with you. Also, it’s not half as much fun without a mate or two behind you or at your flank.

7. No passengers

With some exceptions, ATVs are only meant for one rider. Carrying another person will overload the vehicle and, as there are no seat belts, make riding very dangerous for both of you.

8. Maintain your quad

Like all vehicles, quads need TLC to soothe away the wear and tear. Make sure you service your machine regularly, as well as keeping it clean and checking that it stays intact.

9. Keep a safe speed

…except when nobody’s watching. No, seriously, keeping a manageable speed is very important, especially when you’re on terrain with which you are not familiar. You never know when a tree’s going to jump out at you.

Different sizes of ATV are suited to different ages. Anyone under the age of 16 should not be on a quad with an engine size of 90cc or more. Keep this in mind if you’re buying for the whole family.

10. Make sure you and everyone else is riding the right ATV

Different sizes of ATV are suited to different ages. Anyone under the age of 16 should not be on a quad with an engine size of 90cc or more. Keep this in mind if you’re buying for the whole family.

Natal Power Boats stocks an extensive range of ATVs. Contact us to discuss our offerings or for a quote.