With Memorial Day behind us, and summer unofficially started, many people will head to the desert to ride ATVs. This can be a great time for everyone involved, as long as proper safety precautions are taken.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you take your ATV out for a spin.
No one under 16 should drive an adult ATV.
Additionally, be sure that each person is driving an appropriate sized ATV. Even though someone might be a certain age, if they are small, it still might not be safe.
Wear a helmet rated for an ATV that includes face and eye protection.
Other safety gear should be worn as well. Safety gear is often the difference between life and death.
Don’t use drugs or drink alcohol before riding.
It’s illegal and extremely dangerous for you and everyone else around you. It’s not worth it.
Don’t carry a passenger or be a passenger.
One person per ATV is the best way to stay safe.
Take an ATV safety course.
Driving an ATV is not like driving a car. It’s also not like driving a motorcycle. Don’t assume you can figure it out. Take a course – it will teach you how to be safe and give you skills to better handle your ATV.
Don’t drive on the road.
Stay on the ATV specified trails and paths.
Tell someone where you are going.
When you leave, be sure to take a cell phone with you and tell someone your route and when you expect to return.
Respect private property.
Ride where you are allowed to, don’t drive on property where you aren’t supposed to be.
Always obey the rules.
The best way to stay safe is to abide by the rules. Don’t be the cause of an accident or an injury.
For more safety tips, check out ATVsafety.gov. Also, if you have been in an ATV accident, please contact us or call us at 800-676-5295, we offer a free consultation to help you figure out your options.