Grand Junction riding an ATV can be fun, but if you don’t take the proper precautions, it can also be dangerous. These ATV safety tips can help make your riding experience safe and enjoyable:
Enroll in an ATV Safety Course
Before climbing on an All-Terrain Vehicle, complete a hands-on training course to help prepare you for both on-road and off-road situations.
The Grand Junction ATV RiderCourse, offered by the ATV Safety Institute, offers hands-on training, instructions on protective gear, local rules and regulations, and even a list of riding sites in Grand Junction and the Western Slope. For other options, contact an ATV manufacturer, local Grand Junction ATV riding group or the Grand Junction ATV National 4-H Council.
Wear Protective Gear
Along with experience and skills, you need proper protective gear. Here is some required equipment:
Avoid Paved Roads
While some roads in Grand Junction allow ATVs on paved roads, it is actually unsafe and can increase chances of an accident. Since these vehicles are designed for off-road use, they can more easily overturn or collide with another vehicle. Check with Grand Junction Mesa County rules and regulations on where you can drive your ATV in Grand Junction and Mesa County.
Stick to the Right Number of People
Unless your ATV is designed to carry more than one person, don’t take on a passenger. Most ATVs are single-rider vehicles and are not meant to carry additional people. Some single-rider ATVs have longer seats – not to accommodate a passenger, but to give the driver more room to shift around. Riding with a passenger increases the risk of rolling over and getting into an accident.
Inspect Prior to RidingInspect your ATV before every ride. Here are some key things to check for:
Get ATV Insurance Coverage
Even safe drivers can have accidents, so be sure you have proper insurance coverage to protect yourself and your ATV. Learn which ATV insurance coverage options are right for you.
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