Make Sure You Are Safe When You Ride Your ATV

Before you get on your brand new ATV for the very first time, you want to make sure that you are observing all the basic safety rules. Staying safe while riding will help you enjoy your ATV.


The first part of being safe is to make sure you are familiar with all the pertinent laws in your state. For example, a child under the age of 16 may not be able to drive an ATV on their own. Your state may also limit where you can ride. One common driving limit is that ATVs aren't allowed on public thoroughfares unless you are crossing from one field or trail to another. That means that you are going to have to have trailers to get your ATVs to the trails you are planning on riding. 

Safety Gear

Once you have familiarized yourself with the laws of your state, it's time to start making sure you have the right riding gear. It may be tempting to go hop on your ATV and start getting your money's worth, but you need to make sure that you are protected in the case of an accident. That means things like helmets, pads, gloves, and other protections.

Helmet: You need to make sure that your helmet is DOT compliant. This means that it meets certain standards set up by the Department of Transportation. If the helmet you get doesn't have a visor, you will also need to get goggles to wear with your new helmet. 

Clothing: When you go out riding, you need to protect as much skin as you can, not just so that you don't get hurt in an accident, but also to protect yourself from anything that might fly up at you while you are riding. That means that you need to wear long pants and sleeves. You should also wear boots or shoes that go up past your ankle. Gloves will protect your hands. If you look, you will find that you can find clothes that are specially designed to wear when you are riding. That means that the elbows, knees, and hands are reinforced in case of an accident. 

Getting your first ATV and taking it out for your first ride should be a lot of fun. The best way to make sure you have as much fun as possible is to make sure that you take every possible safety precaution that you can.