ATV Safety Tips

ATV Safety Tips

Posted by Caleb Werhman on 14 October 2015 | Comments

Enjoy your new ATV - play hard but play safe.

ATV riderIf you’ve just recently purchased a new ATV from S&H Farm Supply or are looking into buying one, we want to make sure you know how to ride safely. Whether you’re planning on using your ATV for recreation, for competition, or to haul materials around your own land, make sure to look over these safety tips to ensure you know how to handle your new vehicle. Other ATV dealers in Missouri may just send you off with your new ATV but we make both customer satisfaction AND safety a top priority.

 Wear protective gear.

This almost goes without saying but a helmet is a must. Obviously protecting your head while riding your ATV is important, but additional protective clothing like goggles, gloves, and long sleeved-pants and shirts can only aid in protecting your body in the event of a crash.

 Supervise young teens.

If you have teens younger than 16 that will be driving your ATV, it’s important to supervise them while they’re riding. ATVs are serious vehicles and should be treated as such. In supervising and teaching them how to ride safely, they’ll understand the importance of riding responsibly and protecting themselves as well as others.

 Stay off-road.

Driving an ATV on public roads is very dangerous as they are built for off-roading. Stay on your own private land or designated trails to make sure everyone stays safe and no one gets hit by another vehicle on the road.

 Ask questions.

While you’re shopping for an ATV in Springfield, Mo, come by S&H Farm Supply and ask all the questions you want. Our knowledgeable staff will answer anything and everything and make sure you feel comfortable that the ATV you’re buying is the best one for you. If you want to be able to accommodate two riders, ask us and make sure the ATV of your choice can handle a passenger. Don’t risk buying an ATV that’s only meant for one. That’s an unneeded danger that can be easily avoided.

 Take an ATV RiderCourse.

If you don’t have any prior experience riding an ATV, the ATV RiderCourse provided by the ATV Safety Institute is a great way to learn how to drive one safely while handling a variety of real-world situations. The course allows new riders of all ages to learn valuable skills on a test range before heading out into the real world on their ATV. If you recently purchased a new ATV, you might even be eligible to take the course for free!

If you have any additional questions about your newly purchased ATV or need some help shopping for one, feel free to contact us today. We would love to answer any questions you may have!