SAFE RIDING PRACTICES
Here are a few more tips to make your ATV riding safe and enjoyable:
Use antenna flags and wear bright clothing to increase conspicuity.
Use maps and compass if you are riding in an unfamiliar area. Make a mental note of landmarks; you may need them if you are stranded. If you are lost at night, do not move around. You will waste valuable fuel that you can use to ride safety in the daylight.
Carry a first-aid pack with you.
Your vehicle repair kit should include the manufacturer's tool kit as well as some wire, tape, elastic cords, and possibly locking pliers and a tow rope.
Carry some snacks and a water supply with you.
Don't let youngsters ride full-sized ATV's.
Watch out for thin ice which may be camouflaged by snow.
ATV's are designed for off-road use and should not be ridden on pavement.
Tell someone where you're going and when you expect to return.
From the ATV Safety Institute
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Single copies of the publications are available free by contacting ASI at the address below. For larger quantities of the publications or to order a video, contact ASI for prices.
ENROLL IN AN ATV RIDER COURSE
ATV Safety Institute
- Parents. Youngsters, and ATV's
- Parents, Youngsters, and Off-Highway Motorcycles
- How to Form an ATV club
- A Guide to Oft-Highway Riding video
- On Target, Oft Road video
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Copyright 1991 (SVIA)
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TEN COMMANDMENTS OF ATV SAFETY
It is unlawful to dispose of litter anywhere in this State except in areas or receptacles designed for that purpose.
- Wear protective devices and clothing. Never ride double.
- Always tell someone where you're going and when you'll return.
- Do not drink alcohol beverages or use other drugs while riding.
- Always practice care for the environment.
- Know the machine before operating.
- Take a safety course before first time operation.
- Always directly supervise younger riders.
- Always be courteous to others.
- Ask permission before riding on another's land.
- Obey the laws and rules.
Using fire outdoors often requires a permit. Check with town fire warden in organized towns and with forest rangers in unorganized territory. Burning debris outdoors without a permit is unlawful. Permits may be obtained from a municipal fire chief, town forest fire warden, or forest ranger.