In the excitement of owning an ATV or side-by-side for the first time, many riders make simple mistakes that cause them to wreck, rollover, or get seriously injured. Before you take your off-road vehicle out for the first time, you should become acquainted with how it works and how to properly handle it so you stay safe.


Not only do you want to stay safe when you are riding for the first time, but there is also the pride factor involved. You don’t want to look like an amateur in front of other riders. Here, our experts at CFMOTO will discuss some things to keep in mind on your first ride so you stay safe and look like a pro.

Don’t Have Too Much, or Not Enough, Confidence

Oftentimes, first-time riders want to give the impression that they’re experienced and know exactly what they are doing. This may cause them to ride aggressively and recklessly, which can cause accidents for them and other people on the trails trying to avoid them.


First-time riders often overlook safety gear, such as long shirts and pants, helmets, gloves, and more. If you are a first-time rider, take safety gear seriously, and exercise caution on your ride. However, you do not want to be too careful. If you’re too careful and going too slowly, you may become a safety hazard, just like slow-moving cars on the interstate.

Do What You Can to Avoid Rollovers

While part of the fun of riding an off-road vehicle is the various twists and turns that come with it, it is important to handle those movements carefully and in a controlled manner. In all accidents involving ATVs, rollovers were the main cause of injuries and deaths. Despite their weight, these machines are easy to roll. Here are three common reasons people rollover:


●        Looping out - This is the most common cause of rollovers. If you hit the gas too hard, the front end shoots up, like a bucking horse, and the machine can fall backward, pinning you underneath.

●        Slick Trails - ATV tires are designed to still catch on slick, muddy trails when you’re taking hairpin turns. However, if the tire catches even the slightest bit of dry ground, it can change the momentum and cause you to roll.

●        Steep Slopes - Going too fast or too slow up or down a steep slope can cause you to pitch backward or forward, rolling your machine and potentially causing you a serious injury.

Don’t Overuse The Throttle

Instead of going full throttle immediately, you should test the waters to get a feel for how powerful your machine truly is. If you try to go too fast too quickly, you might make a fool of yourself, or get injured by falling off.

Load Your Machine Properly

Loading your ATV or side-by-side into the back of a truck for the first time may seem easy and danger free, but if you’re not careful, you could get seriously injured. As experienced riders know, you should never ride your off road vehicle up the ramp into the bed of the trunk. Because the incline is so steep, ATVs can easily flip backward and trap you underneath. To properly load your machine and reduce the risk of injury, you should set up a stool next to the ramp and walk the machine up the ramp from the side.

Contact CFMOTO Today

If you are in the Twin Cities area and looking for a recreational vehicle, contact CFMOTO today. Our team of experts can educate you on all our products and make sure you have what you need. To learn more about our services, give us a call at 763-398-2690 or message us on our contact page.