Hoping on an ATV to go off-roading with a few buddies is a favorite activity for many. But, as with any motorsport, it has certain inherent risks. To protect yourself from injury, it’s important to put on safety gear before riding, especially when prepping for a lengthy ride. Below is a list of the most important pieces of safety gear for riding ATVs.
- Helmet: A helmet is the most important piece of safety gear because your head becomes quite vulnerable during a fall. Make sure your helmet fits snugly and is strapped on securely before starting the engine.
- Goggles: If your helmet does not have a built-in face shield, it’s important to wear goggles along with your helmet. Goggles keep dirt, dust and other debris out of your eyes as you ride. Be sure to select a pair that offers side protection as well.
- Long sleeves and pants: Even if the weather is warm, wearing long sleeves and pants is a good idea while riding an ATV. This clothing protects your skin from cuts and scrapes, along with providing sun protection.
- Boots: Put on a pair of sturdy boots with thick rubber soles to provide a better grip while you ride. The soles will also help absorb shock. The taller the boots, the more protection your legs have during a fall.
- Gloves: Your hands are exposed to wind, branches, brush and flying debris while you ride an ATV. Wearing the right gloves will protect your skin and improve your grip on the handlebars. Gloves also help absorb some of the vibration that transmits up through the handlebars.
- Chest armor: Most people don’t think to wear chest armor, but it could be extremely helpful during a fall. This is especially true if the ATV flips and lands on top of you. Plus, the armor protects your torso from flying rocks and debris as you ride.
While you work on protecting yourself before a ride, we’ve got your vehicle and finances covered on our end. Call an agent today to learn more about how ATV insurance can protect you, both on and off the road.