So you’ve just purchased your very own All-Terrain Vehicle. You probably can’t wait to get outside and hit the backcountry roads. But before you do, keep in mind that ATVs are powerful machines that can be quite the handful for first-time riders. That’s why Attain Insurance has put together a list of tips to help keep you safe while you’re riding your ATV.
Wear Protective Gear
Before you head out for your ride, make sure you’re wearing the appropriate safety gear. At the very least you should wear a helmet, goggles, over-the-ankle boots, gloves, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt or jacket. For added protection, we recommend adding shin pads, a chest protector, and wrist and knee guards to your list.
Practice, Practice, Practice
You’ll need to get used to the feel of riding your ATV before you hit the trails. Start out by practicing on a level surface, such as an open field, to get your feet wet. As you become more comfortable on your ATV, you can start trying out basic trails and, eventually, more challenging ones.
Keep Children Off Adult ATVs
Not all ATVs are created equal. ATVs marketed at adults have much more power than the models aimed at youth riders. For this reason, children should never be riding an adult ATV. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 90 percent of ATV-related injuries involving children are a result of children being unable to handle the faster, more powerful adult ATVs.
Don’t Ignore the Passenger Limit
When your ATV says it’s for single riders, it means it. You should be the only person riding a single-passenger ATV. Because these vehicles are made for interactive riding, you’ll need to be able to shift your weight freely to control it. When you have a passenger riding with you, he or she could inhibit your ability to maneuver the ATV, causing you to roll over and crash.
Your ATV is an investment, and like any other investment, you want to make sure it’s protected. That’s why getting your ATV insured is a must. If you need an insurance policy for your new ATV, give Attain Insurance a call. We serve the greater Fort Payne, Alabama, area and would be happy to go over your options and find an insurance policy that works for you. Call us at 256-845-8979 or visit our website at www.attainins.com for more information.