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How To Stay Safe On Your 4Wheeler

Updated on January 23, 2012
Polaris Sportsman
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We all love to get outside and take a ride on our 4 Wheeler, but often times we neglect safety measures that should be taken. Here are some tips to keep you safe on the trail.

  • Wear A Helmet & Other Protective Gear! It's one of the most important safety measures that can be done. If you wreck the 4 wheeler, your gear will protect you, especially the helmet.
  • Don't Carry Passengers. Carrying a passenger increases the risk of tip over, or throwing that person off. An extra body on the back, or front, changes the way the 4wheeler handles, and could result in tip over.
  • Don't Drive While Using Drugs or Alcohol. As with anything, these things inhibit your ability to operate any machinery. Operating a 4wheeler while under the influence of these substances is a recipe for disaster.
  • Don't Drive Your 4 Wheeler On The Road. Asphalt and dirt are 2 different things. The 4wheeler is made for dirt, rocks, and mud. The tires handle much differently on the road because they aren't made for it. Keep them on the trail!
  • Check All Fluids & Lights Before Leaving. By doing this, you can assure that your 4wheeler can perform at it's top level, and you won't run out of gas.
  • Maintain A Safe Distance Between Yourself & Other Off Road Riders. When riding with friends, it's important to leave yourself enough room to stop. Snow, ice, and wet leaves will slow down your stopping time, so make sure you're far enough away to avoid accidents.
  • Check How Deep A Mud Hole Is Before Entering. Blowing full speed through a mud hole can cause an accident. You could also submerge your 4 wheeler or get stuck.
  • Don't Climb Steep Hills. You know how steep you can go before having your 4wheeler flip backwards. Don't push the limits with steepness because you will not win.
  • Know Your Limits. If you are an inexperienced rider, don't try to keep up with experienced ones because that's how accidents happen. Ask them to stay at your pace until you become more comfortable.

Using common sense will take you a long way when riding a 4wheeler. Use yours!

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