Are you the proud owner of a new ATV, or you are thinking about buying one? ATVs can be fantastic fun and perfect for thrill-seekers looking for a way to get around, but it can also be daunting for beginners to get to grips with these unique vehicles. Much like with any new hobby, there are a few important things to keep in mind which will hopefully help you to get started with confidence and to become a safe rider will still being able to get a real thrill out of riding. Read on for a few beginner’s tips for riding an ATV.
Check State Laws
Before getting into the fun stuff, you first need to always check your local state laws when it comes to driving an ATV outdoors, as you certainly will not want to get caught violating motor vehicle laws in your state. These vary depending on where you are, but you might need to register the vehicle, obtain insurance and get a license to ride.
Start With A Basic Vehicle
Much like you do not learn to drive in a sports car, it is a good idea to start off with a basic vehicle that is not too powerful. In addition to being more affordable, this will also make it easier to learn the ropes, develop your abilities and build your confidence. Before jumping on and getting started, you should take the time to read the owner’s manual, which will help you to understand exactly how it works and how you can control the vehicle.
It is not essential, but it is always a good idea to get some ATV training before you get started. Much like learning to drive a car, a tutor can show you the ropes, gradually build up your abilities and teach you everything that you need to know about state laws, driving etiquette, and everything else that you need to know to become a safe and responsible driver.
Always Wear Protective Clothing
It is an obvious tip but one which needs to be said – you should never ride your ATV without proper protective clothing. Accidents can happen, and you are vulnerable with no vehicle protection, which is why you need to own and wear:
- A helmet
- Protective jacket
- Chest protector
- Shin guards
Start With Plain & Smooth Terrain
It might be tempting to start riding on ramps, hills, and other tough terrain like you will have seen others do on TV, but you need to learn to walk before you can run. This is why you should always start with plain and smooth terrain so that you can master the basics, build your confidence and gradually work your way up. Ultimately, like any hobby, it is all about practice and spending time in the seat, so you need to practice as much as possible to gradually build your skills and take on tougher terrain.
Invest In Folding Ramps
In order to get the most out of your ATV, you will want to explore areas and be able to visit new places. This is why you should invest in ATVramps, which can make it quick, easy, and safe to get your ATV in the back of a trailer. You are then easily able to transport the vehicle and find exciting new places to go and ride, which is all part of the thrill when it comes to this hobby.
Ride With Others
It is also a good idea to ride with others as a beginner if you can, whether this is with friends/family or if there is a community in your local area. In addition to making it more fun and enjoyable to share this activity with others, it is also smart in terms of safety. Accidents can happen when riding an ATV, and being with others could help you get any attention that you need much faster. While it is a good idea to ride with others, you should also make sure that you are always fully focused and do not try to show off/succumb to peer pressure.
Riding an ATV is a thrilling activity, and it is easy to see why this is such a popular hobby with people of all ages. It can be daunting getting started, but hopefully these tips will be helpful and allow you to build confidence, develop your skills and stay safe while still enjoying the thrills that this hobby will bring.