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If you have ATV or four wheeler, you know exactly how much fun it can be to ride around your own property or out on trails – but you also know that things can get pretty dicey if you aren’t paying attention to safety tips and tricks that keep you from having a nasty accident.
Easily one of the most exciting recreational vehicles you can ever hope to get your hands on, there are a couple of safety tips and tricks we are going to share with you below to make sure that experienced and brand new riders alike stand every chance of avoiding a catastrophic accident later down the line.
The most important thing that you need to do after purchasing your ATV is purchase safety equipment that fits you like a glove.
There are a lot of different options out there as far as safety equipment is concerned, but the most important pieces that you need to pick up are a helmet that fits, a chest and back protector that fit, and the gloves that fit you like a second skin.
It’s of the utmost importance that you purchase the right ATV to begin with.
There is always going to be a desire to get the biggest and baddest thing on the block, but you’re going to want to fight that temptation – especially if you don’t have a lot of experience.
Purchase one that you’re going to be able to handle effortlessly right out of the gate with just enough extra power to grow into later down the line.
There are a lot of ATV safety training opportunities in the Kingston and Ottawa areas, and a whole host of ATV safety training videos that you’ll be able to find online. Definitely make sure that your children go through these courses before they jump on the back of an ATV, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea for you to look at them as well.
You should never ride with passengers on the back of an ATV until you have quite a bit of experience.
Riding around solo is difficult enough when you’re just getting started, but a second person is going to throw the entire physics of the controls off so much so that you can get into some really sticky situations really quickly. If you do ride with a passenger, make sure the ATV is designed for more than one rider.
Finally, you’ll want to start off on terrain that is just as flat and level as can be when you are just getting started with your new ATV. Start off on the “bunny hills” before tackling anything a bit more aggressive.
If you are injured in an ATV accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Zuber Brioux for a free consultation to learn more.