Depending on where you live, ATV adventures can happen year round. As a beginner, you’ll want to seek as much advice as you can from experienced riders as well as do your own research. It’s important to follow any essential ATV safety tips for beginners, and any laws, to prevent injury. Riding safely is sure to make the experience one you’ll want to enjoy again and again.
Choose a Place To Ride Your ATV
You‘ve got your new ATV, and you’re ready to go! Don’t take off just anywhere, though. Asking around, or searching online, will lead you to the best trails and parks to use your ATV. Keep in mind there are differences between ATVs (all terrain vehicle) and UTVs (utility terrain vehicle), which can mean different trails for each. You don’t want to take your ATV on a UTV-specific trail.
As a beginner, look for beginner-friendly places. It’s also not a bad idea to go with someone else who rides. Your first time out will be a learning experience. Having someone along to give pointers is helpful and adds extra safety for you both.
Prepare Your ATV To Ride
Just as a car needs gas, oil, and upkeep, so does your ATV. Read the manual that came with it, and follow every step to be sure your fluids, filters, and every necessity are in top shape.
If your state doesn’t require a safety course, it’s highly recommended you take one anyway. They can be found online, or may be offered near you, even if not required. A course will not only give you essential ATV safety tips for beginners but will also give you information on operating your ATV and keeping it in working condition.
Dress for a Safe Ride
Sure, you want to look cool, and you will—but dressing for safety is what matters most. From your head to your toes, every article of ATV safety gear serves a purpose. Should you happen to have an accident, helmets, jackets, gloves, pants, and boots are your best friend.
Many stores offer online shopping for your safety gear. Many people sell used gear. If buying used, be sure nothing is damaged, and the fit is perfect.
It’s always good to be prepared. When you put safety first on your ATV adventure, you’ll enjoy your new hobby without\ risk and end the day smiling.