ATV’s for First Time Riders: Tips for Safety

Owning and riding an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV, is an adventure that the whole family can enjoy and with safety rules in place when learning to ride, that enjoyment can last for years to come.

Choosing an ATV
When purchasing an ATV for children who are new to the sport of riding, choosing an ATV that will fit the size of a child is important for the safety of the child. ATV’s designed for children usually are not as heavy as an adult ATV which allows the child to have control over the movement of the ATV.  They also have a smaller engine and an automatic transmission and therefore don’t go as fast. 

Helmets, goggle, boots and gloves are essentials for riding as they will protect your body from injury in the event that you wreck.  If nothing else is purchased, a helmet is the most important piece of equipment to invest in.   

It’s Time To Ride
When riding an ATV for the first time, it’s a good idea to ride slowly and get a feel for how the ATV speeds up, how to make turns smoothly and how to bring the ATV to a stop without doing so abruptly.

When purchasing an ATV, it’s wise to do a bit of research as to what your homeowner’s insurance policy covers.  If you are not riding on your own property, the policy may not cover the ATV and in addition, some states require additional ATV insurance.  To make sure you are fully covered, call Brock and Poole Insurance Agency, servicing the Collierville area today at 800-396-9667 to see if you have the coverage you need.