We all understand how thrilling it can be knowing you’re about to head out for an exciting time on your ATV or side by side, however there are a few things all riders should prepare or have with them before heading out for a ride. Before anything, you’ll want to make sure your ATV or side by side is in perfect working order for that day’s ride. You don’t want to experience any issues while you’re out riding. So how should you prepare for your outing to ensure you have an enjoyable ride?
1. Go down the checklist
Before you head out on that ride, be sure you’ve gone through the typical checklist to ensure all aspects are in order. For example, make sure your fuel tank is full, verify if the brakes are working properly, and check the tire pressure is just right with an ATV-designated pressure gauge.
2. Keep the toolkit closeby
When you buy your ATV or side by side with CFMOTO, we will include a basic toolkit, which includes pliers, a screwdriver, and various wrenches. Be sure you don’t leave this kit behind when you take your machine out for a spin; you never know when you’re going to need it.
3. Pack an emergency kit
If you’re planning to go out riding, even for a short amount of time, it’s important to pack an emergency kit. This can include first aid supplies, extra water and food, a map, and even warmer clothing in case temperatures drop unexpectedly. Your emergency kit could also include items for your ATV should you need them, such as bungee cords and even a spare tire.
4. Wear the proper gear
Not only should you always ride with pants and a long-sleeved shirt, you should also invest in some ATV-designated safety gear. This includes a proper helmet, boots, and gloves. This gear definitely comes in handy when protecting you from flying rocks and debris, and in the event of a crash, it can even save your life.
5. Bring your cell phone
Though you’re going to be safe and have fun when you ride, you never know when an unexpected accident can pop up. It can even be something as simple as running out of gas (even though you should have packed an extra gas can on your machine). You could be out in the middle of nowhere if/when an accident happens, so be sure you have your cell phone handy in case you need to make a call.
6. Have a plan
Before you start riding, you need to determine if you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced rider, then plan where you want to ride. Most state trails indicate the level of riding difficulty so you can plan ahead in advance.
In the end, be sure you’re constantly using good judgement before and during each ride. Don’t get in over your head on the trails, and be respectful of your fellow riders, your machine, and the terrain. The best thing about ATVs is they can mean a day’s worth of fun, or they can be excellent work machines when the time calls. If you’re unsure of your abilities and how to be the safest rider on the trails, check out our vehicle safety information.