ATVs can be fun for all ages – they are a great way to spend time with your friends and family. For many, it is exhilarating to be in control of a powerful all-terrain vehicle. However, knowledge and awareness are two major factors that play into the safety of riders’. If you’ve familiarized yourself with the rules for staying safe on your ATV, it is time to become aware of the environmental concerns that exist.
It is important to be aware of the relationship between you, the rider, and the land on which you ride your all-terrain vehicle. Consider the interests of everyone who may use the land to ensure that everyone is able to continue to enjoy the area.
- Know the landscape of where you ride.
Don’t assume you are riding on a public area. Contacting a public land manager is an easy way to become aware of the restrictions on the area, if there are any. It is a one-step way to find out if you are allowed to ride on the land.
- Prevent your ATV from being too noisy.
All-terrain vehicles are made to perform with smooth engine torque. If your ATV is excessively noisy, it may bother property owners or other land users. An ATV that is quiet allows the rider to hear if anyone is trying to get their attention and be aware of other riders around them.
- Respect trail markers.
Signs that mark specific areas are there for a reason – to keep you and the environment safe. Even if the reason for the closure of an area isn’t obvious, it is crucial to stay out of the area to prevent harm or even injury.
- Be courteous to others on the trail.
If you’re driving an ATV, give the right-of-way to walkers, runners or hikers. Slow down when you know you are approaching others so there are no mistakes when passing each other. Remember, even though you may be aware of another person on the trail, they might not have noticed you yet.
Being aware of safety concerns and environmental concerns will allow you to be a safer, smarter ATV rider.
Owen, Patterson and Owen has been helping accident victims for more than 37 years. You can read more about how we help after ATV and Off-Road Vehicle accidents and feel free to contact us at 1-800-676-5295 for a free consultation.