2010 Safety Tip
- All ATVs don’t
handle the same way. For example, most have separate front and rear
brake controls, but others have linked brakes operated by a single control.
- Learn the recommended
stopping techniques for your machine.
- Never operate
an ATV or ride as a passenger without a high-quality motorcycle helmet,
eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants, and a longsleeved shirt or
- Gloves protect
your hands from cold and injury. Off-highway-style gloves have padded
knuckles to help prevent bruising.
- Wear a pair of
strong, over-the-ankle boots with low heels to help keep your feet from
slipping off the footrests.
- A long-sleeved
shirt or jersey and long pants are minimum requirements for rider protection.
Kneepads and chest/shoulder protectors are even better.
- A face shield
or goggles will protect you from flying debris and low-handing branches.
They should be made of a hard-coated polycarbonate, and kept fastened
- Practice riding
on a large, flat, open practice area, free of obstacles.
- To keep your balance
while riding, keep both hands on the handlebars and both feet on the
- Have a plan before
you ride. Make sure someone knows where you’re going to be riding
and when you plan to be back.
- Ride with at least
one friend, and keep track of each other.
- Know the laws
that govern how and where you can ride. Dealers and ATV clubs are a
good source of information about local laws.
- Don’t try
to blaze new trails or create shortcuts.
- Stay out of designated
wilderness areas. They are closed to all vehicles, even bicycles. Know
where your boundaries are.