Taking out your ATV and hitting the trails can be a quite fun and exciting way to spend time on your weekend, especially if you are the kind that enjoys the great outdoors. But as with any vehicle, it is really important to know the risks and how to minimize them.
Here are some steps you can take to maximize your safety when you ride an ATV such as an EZRaider HD 2.
Safety Tip 1 - Wear Protective Gear
- There is no denying the fact that wearing the right protective gear can help save your life. For instance, wearing a helmet made especially for an ATV alone can reduce the risk of incurring a fatality from an accident by a staggering 42%.
Helmets are excellent at reducing the risk of sustaining a non-fatal head injury by up to 64%. To keep your self protected at all costs, the ATV safety institute recommends wearing the following gear whenever you go out.
- Here is a bit of common sense - if you can’t see clearly, you can’t ride safely. This is why you must invest in a high-quality pair of goggles. Look for goggles that are made with hard-coated polycarbonate with plenty of ventilation to prevent fogging.
Without a good pair of goggles, you leave your eyes exposed to damage from flying debris, dust, and branches in your way. This could potentially impair your vision if you are not careful.
- As mentioned above, helmets are crucial when riding an ATV especially since they reduce the risk of a fatal injury to the head. When selecting a helmet, make sure it carries the seal of approval from the Department of Transportation (DOT).
If possible, go for full-face helmets since they provide maximum protection, making them the safest option to go for ATV riders. On a side note, make sure your helmet is tightly fastened to your head during the ride.
If you want to prevent damage to your skin, and minimize the risk of injury to your body, then wear the following pieces of clothing.
- Very strong over the ankle boots
- Highway style gloves to protect your knuckles and chafing
- Off-highway pants long enough to cover your lower body
- Full-sleeve shirt or jersey
You can add additional safety to your clothing by investing in a chest protector, knee pads, and shoulder protectors.
Safety Tip 2 - Inspect Your ATV Thoroughly Before Riding
- It is a very good idea to visually check your vehicle when you are about to take it out for a ride, especially if it has been resting in your garage for a while.
By regularly inspecting your ATV, you can minimize accidents caused by a malfunction. Here are some important checks you must make before taking your electric ATV out.
- Make sure your tires do not have wear and tear before riding. Look for bulges, tread wear, and punctures. If you have a tire pressure gauge, make sure to check the pressure of the tire as well. The recommended tire pressure is usually written in the manual of your ATV.
- Check your brakes for pad wear - they should be ⅛ inch thick to function safely. If your vehicle uses brake fluid, check the fluid levels and top it off if required, especially if your vehicle has been sitting unused for a while.
- Make sure to look at the rods that connect the handlebars to the tires. If any time it snaps while you are on a ride, it will end up steering with just a single tire which is potentially life-threatening if you are riding a high-powered vehicle such as an EZRaider HD.
Handle Bar Grips
This is often overlooked but handlebar grips are crucial for controlling your ATV properly. If they are damaged, you should immediately get them replaced.
Safety Tip 3 - Take a Safety Course
This is entirely optional but very important if you take your ATV out regularly. A safety course will teach you comprehensive advice and a safe place to practice riding your ATV along with professionals who will guide you every step of the way.
For your own interest, we also recommend getting your ATV insured. This will help you cover the cost of accidental damage and the cost of medical treatment if you end up getting injured. With that being said, make sure to always check your ATV before taking it out to minimize the risks.