If you have tried ATV riding and have caught the bug, there are some safety issues to take onboard before you go racing off into the forest, which we will examine in this article. Like any motor vehicle, speed is involved when riding a quad and it is worth noting that an All-Terrain Vehicle offers the rider very little in terms of protection.
Here are a few safety issues to consider before you start riding your quad.
Of course, a top-quality crash helmet is essential and make sure it is a good fit and the strap is always fastened before riding. A good pair of gloves and boots with ankle support are also required, with a jacket and trousers made from a thick fabric, or even leather, which protects you against striking debris. It is a good idea to buy a lightweight rain suit and keep this stored under your seat, which can be worn if rain falls. If wearing an open-face helmet, then goggles are recommended, or sports sunglasses.
Understand Weight Transference
The theory behind safe riding is to ensure that your body is always in the right position; lean left when turning left and remain in the seat at all times and never stand up while in motion. Keep both hands firmly on the handlebars and your feet should be correctly placed to operate the rear brake and the gear shift.
Respect The Power
A quad is a powerful machine and with correct use of the throttle and gears, you should always be in control of the vehicle. Never free-wheel (coast in neutral or holding the clutch in), as this can easily lead to loss of control, and never exceed what you consider to be a safe speed. The faster you go, the dynamics of riding change quickly, and the chances of an accident are greatly increased at speed, and for a child, the quad should be suitably governed down, so as not to exceed speed limits.
Know Your Route
It is important that you are familiar with the route you are taking; first time riding needs to be slow, which allows you to look at the terrain and the direction you will take. Once you have ridden a particular trail a few times, you know what is approaching and can prepare accordingly.
Most of all, you have to know what ATV would best fit you or your kid. If the new rider is under 16 years of age, they should be riding a quad that is designed for a young rider, with a small engine capacity and restricted power. Kids need to be able to control the machine and height and weight are taken into consideration when buying an ATV. When looking at new and second-hand children’s quad bikes for sale, always go for 50-250cc range machines as they are ideal for a novice. An adult could master a 500cc recreation model before moving into the 1000cc range of powerful quads.
If you are looking to buy your first quad, search online for a reputable quad dealer, who would have an extensive collection of new and used machines and after a test ride, you can make a deal.