These days, more and more people are discovering the great outdoors with the help of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). While these recreational vehicles can be an exciting way to explore those backcountry trails, they can be tricky for new riders. Following these easy tips will help keep your ATV riding safe and enjoyable.
Keep Things Simple.
If you’re a first-time rider, don’t buy the most souped-up ATV on the market, even if it is the flashiest. A simpler machine will be easier to control and won’t overpower you. In general, try to look for ATVs with an automatic transmission and a 200-400cc engine.
There are few things less fun than an ATV ride that ends with a trip to the emergency room. At minimum, always make sure you wear a proper motorcycle helmet, goggles, over-the-ankle boots, gloves, long pants, and long sleeves. You might also invest in shin pads, a chest protector, and knee, elbow, and wrist guards for additional protection.
Many states require new ATV owners to complete a safety course if they’re under a certain age. But you don’t have to be a kid to benefit from these classes. As you get started riding an ATV, you’ll also want to stick to simple, flat terrain until you get the hang of riding. As you gain experience, you can graduate to more challenging trails and routes.
Insurance and Paperwork
Many states require ATVs to be titled like cars; additionally, you often must have a permit and pay fees to ride on public trails. Even if your state does not require ATV insurance, you may want to have it on hand for liability purposes, as homeowner’s insurance may not cover liability if you ride off your property. Also, insurance can cover you in the event your ATV is ever stolen. Make sure you register and insure your ATV appropriately, and look into season passes through the U.S. Forest Service.
At Stonewall Grace Insurance, we are committed to helping you stay safe when you’re out on the trails. Call today to learn more about insurance coverage for your ATV, RV, or any other recreational vehicles you might own. Our agents look forward to helping you.