Riding and working with ATVs: some safety tips

Filed under: — Mat on October 22, 2010

Quad bikes are robust, remarkably versatile vehicles, used for leisure, sport, and work. The leisure uses of quad bikes, or ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) are probably the most well known: ATVs often form part of corporate team days, and family fun days, with both adults and children enjoying thrilling rides around hilly off-road courses. Meanwhile, quad racing is a fast growing sport around the UK, supported by a large number of enthusiast clubs. In the world of work, the ATV plays a crucial role in agriculture and estate management. Honda ATVs in Lancashire, for instance, are just as likely to be seen transporting cattle in a custom trailer, as racing around rough and ready tracks.

However, with all these different applications of the ATV, there is one common denominator: safety; both in the sense of the gear you should wear, and how to drive safely.

Whilst there’s a lot to learn in terms of ATV safety, here are some basic tips:

  • Always wear protective clothing: such as a helmet, gloves, eye protection, and sturdy footwear. Waterproof trousers can also be a good idea.
  • Avoid carrying passengers – ATVs are not designed for this.
  • Quad bikes don’t have the same feel as motor cars or motor bikes, so it’s wise to learn basic manoeuvres, such as turns and managing steep hills, from an expert.
  • Be sure to attend any safety briefings if you are taking part in a fun day and, if working with a quad bike, do sign up for a proper safety course – there are many available.

Here at KIK Quad in Lancashire, we sell a range of ATVs, especially Honda ATVs; for work, sporting and leisure purposes. We take safety extremely seriously, and are happy to advise on the right vehicle for you, as well as the most appropriate safety measures.

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