Precautions for Riding an ATV for the First Time in Greenwood Lake, NY

There’s a lot of fun to be had in and around Greenwood Lake, NY, especially when you can do some all terrain vehicle off-roading. However, unless you’re relatively experienced in riding an ATV, there are some important things to know for your own safety, the safety of those around you and the cost of the vehicle itself. Below are some precautionary tips for first time ATV riders around Greenwood Lake, NY.

ALWAYS WEAR A HELMET

This is a no-brainer, no pun intended, but when riding on an ATV which has no safety harness and goes thirty to forty miles per hour over uneven terrain, wearing a helmet is a must. The chances of you being thrown off the vehicle are high, especially if you are a first timer on the ATV. It may also be a good idea to have long sleeves, boots and other types of padding so that you protect the rest of your body in the event of a fall.

RIDE WITH A GROUP

Make sure you are not riding alone. This way, if you do fall off or your ATV happens to break down, you will have someone to help you or go get help. When you are by yourself in the middle of nowhere, you could be in real trouble in the event of an accident and / or emergency.

IF YOU’RE TIRED, TAKE A BREAK

Accidents happen when you get tired and you probably will get tired if it’s one of your first ATV rides. So listen to your body.

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT INSURANCE

If you are borrowing or renting the ATV, you will probably have signed something to minimize insurance risk, but if you are riding an ATV that is yours for the first time, you will need an insurance policy, just like you would on an automobile. Check with Windermere Insurance who serves the Greenwood Lake area for competitive ATV coverage.