Always keep safety in mind when participating in any motorized vehicle activities.
When operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), be aware of potential electrical hazards. Utility providers discourage people from travelling over power line right-of-ways given the risks involved; however, if you do find yourself on a right-of-way, you should be especially cautious of the dangerous conditions that exist on them, such as guy wires and poles, unexpected pits and drops, uneven terrain, etc. These hazards may be especially hard to see during winter conditions. Keep your distance from utility poles and guy wires.
Here are some additional tips to stay safe while operating an ATV:
- Always wear a helmet that is in good condition, with a proper fit.
- Protect your eyes and body with proper glasses, helmet shields and clothing.
- Never ride alone.
- Never carry passengers unless otherwise indicated.
- Never drink and ride.
- Always supervise operators under the age of 16.
- Know the restrictions of the land.
- Use extra precautions when riding in groups.
- Only ride terrain that is within your ability.
- Respect riding rules and adhere to all signage.
- Be familiar with the owner's manual.
How to prepare:
- Become familiar with ATV's user's manual.
- Check the current and predicted weather forcast.
- Preform a maintenance check before operating ATV. Check air pressure, brakes, lights, oil and fuel.
- Make sure your helmet properly fits
- Pack an emergency kit contacting, high energy food, water, first-aid, a knife, small tool kit, extra clothing, map, waterproof matches and an extra tank of gas.
- Let a friend or family member know where and how long you are going.
What to include in an ATV emergency kit:
- High energy foods
- First-aid kits
- Small tool kit
- Extra clothing
- Waterproof matches
- Extra tank of gas
If there is a problem:
If you happen to break down or run into trouble, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Remain calm. If a group member becomes frantic, reassure them that everything will be okay.
- Call for help. If there is no service, make a fire, whistle or use flares.
- Do not try to fix anything that is out of your mechanical level.
- Keep hydrated.
For additional ATV safety information visit: http://www.servicenl.gov.nl.ca/drivers/atvsafety/index.html