10 Safety Tips When Riding An ATV

Always wear protective gear.

vlcsnap-error345Just like operating a motorcycle or bike, riding an ATV requires you use proper protective gear. ALWAYS wear a helmet. Most serious or fatal accidents occur when the rider is not wearing a helmet and falls on his or her head. Helmets may not be the most stylish accessory, but they can literally save your life. Also, since most riders operate ATVs in wooded environments, be sure to wear proper eye protection, as a rock, branch, or even a bug can fly into your eye and cause damage. Furthermore, be sure to wear boots and gloves to protect your hands and feet while operating the ATV.

Only one rider per vehicle.

11194411_293960904060849_5937292534034882887_oATVs are designed for only one rider at a time. Since you have to manipulate your weight in order to control the vehicle, two riders on a vehicle is incredibly dangerous. Also, the ATV may be unable to successfully hold the combined weight of two riders, making it less stable and more apt to roll over. Finally, having an additional rider can distract the driver from the task of properly operating the vehicle.

Check Tire Pressure.


This one is so easy yet extremely vital to the handling characteristics of your quad. If you run without enough air in your tires, you’re opening yourself up to all kinds of difficulties, such as poor handling, snakebite flats, dinging your rims and even the bead rolling off your rim. On the other hand, running with too much air can cause your quad to bounce around uncontrollably as if you were on a pogo stick. Lower pressure means a tire is easier to puncture but offers added traction in softer soils. Higher pressure results in higher durability and allows for more predictable sliding but gives less traction. The point is to find your happy medium. Start with the manufacturer’s recommended psi and begin dialing in the tires to the air pressure that best fits your needs.

Tighten Lug Nuts.

0808_atvp_04_z+20_tips_for_new_quad_owners+The first thing I do is tighten and properly torque each lug nut on all four wheels.It’ll only take a few minutes to tighten them. Also note, aluminum  wheels are notorious for allowing nuts to loosen, so they should be inspected periodically.


Oil The Air Filter.

0808_atvp_09_z+20_tips_for_new_quad_owners+Air filters are the nostrils of your engine. Sucking in water, dirt and other harmful debris will certainly wreak havoc on your motor, which will lead to costly rebuilds. The factory filters come bone dry and will not properly filter out all dirt and debris. To keep dust out of the motor, liberally grease the portion of the filter that comes in contact with the airbox and add a good coat of filter oil to catch the fine debris from passing through. You’ll not only prolong the life of your engine, but by feeding it clean air will allow it to run like a champ.

Maintain The Swingarm Bolt.

0808_atvp_11_z+20_tips_for_new_quad_owners+Swing-arm pivot bolts are notorious for working their way loose and surprising unsuspecting riders. So before you hit the trail, be sure to tighten them up Over time, you’ll need to repack the pivot bolt bearings with grease to keep them from rusting and creating a whole new slew of problems.

Check The Axle Nut.


Just as swingarm pivot bolts are notorious for working their way loose, the axle nut is even more likely to be loose. Make sure that the axle nut is good and tight. For a little added insurance, wrap it up really tightly with electrical tape. This is one of those deals that should be inspected before every ride.

Inspect and Tighten Everything.

Check all important bolts, such as the shock mounting bolts and the suspension bolts. Be sure to look at your ATV protection components like the heel guards and the swingarm guards. What it boils down to is it’s your responsibility to inspect and make sure that everything is tight and functional.

Carry a communication device with you at all times.

$_35  ATV operations should be sure to carry a cell phone or walkie talkie with them at all times so that they can call for help in the event of an emergency. This is especially true if you are riding alone, which is not encouraged, so that someone will be able to find you if you become injured. Whenever you plan to ride your ATV, you should either have another individual with you or notify someone of where you are going and when you plan to return.

Do not attempt tricks or stunts while riding an ATV.

The most injuries on ATVs occur when the vehicles are operated improperly. Take great care in riding your ATV and be sure to avoid any tricks or stunts that will encourage an accident. Furthermore, avoid improper interaction with other individuals, whether they are on an ATV or not.


All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) are among the most useful land vehicles ever invented. Designed to combat the hazards of different kinds of terrain, they can be used in almost every worksite there is. Not only do they make traveling easier for drivers, they are also safe to use when transporting loads or cargo.

While making trips safer, ATVs are not completely free of hazards. In fact, in the past 10 years, more than 800,000 accidents are attributed to this type of vehicle. Such accidents include onsite movement, unsafe machines, worksite debris and loss of control.outdoors_car_sketch_by_roaxioxxltu-d51x3nn

Here are some safety measures for using All Terrain Vehicles at the workplace:

  • Inspect the ATV before using it, paying particular attention to tire condition, steering, braking, and suspension systems.
  • While an ATV is designed for almost every terrain, it is not recommended that you use it on paved surfaces. Such surfaces can greatly affect its control and safe handling.
  • Never carry passengers on an ATV.
  • Never exceed the weight limit of the ATV.
  • Ensure that items you haul with the ATV meet the specifications indicated by the manufacturer in the manual.
  • Evenly distribute the weight of items you haul with the all-terrain vehicle.
  • Always wear DOT-approved helmets when riding all-terrain vehicles.
  • The use of safety goggles, gloves and boots depend on existing environmental conditions.
  • Never drive ATVs on public roads unless you’re licensed to do so.
  • Always watch out for holes, nails, wire, tools, foot traffic, electrical lines, and other moving vehicles.


Since our main focus is towards their use in an ATV, this article deals with the pros and cons of both the joints in an ATV. For those who have no idea about these two joints, the pictures below shall feed their brains.

Ball Joint
Helm Joint







Ball joints are strong up and down but have limited angular movement. The ball and socket joint in human body that connects our leg bone to your hipbone, so goes the ball and socket joint that holds the front suspension of your vehicle together.  Your leg can move up and down, and side to side, the automotive ball joint enables the wheel and suspension to move together in the same manner. If you try to increase the angular movement, it may result it in weakening the joints to pull-out force since the cup doesn’t cover the ball’s neck area much. These require very less maintenance. They last longer and are cheaper than their counterpart. Most often well sealed Tie rod ends are used as ball joints. They have high serviceability but the Z-axis force is still less. These may also have springs under the cup to take up wear. This makes them good to use for tie rod ends but poor for ball joints.

Heim joints are known to be a little weaker, but with the correct offset spacers, they can reach much farther angles than ball joint. Camber/caster adjustments are relatively easier. Using it may be a boon/ curse as it depends on the accuracy of the suspension design. But perpendicular to the shafts (Z axis) they are comparatively weak. With boots, Heim are reliable. But without it, grits get into them and wears out easily.

To summarize, the heim joints shall be used where end to end use, serviceability is preferred and the

Ball joints shall be used where strength, low maintenance and life is given the first preference.

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Target Safest Car

The prime motive of making an ATV is to keep the driver safe in all conditions. Though analysis of components using software ensures the ruggedness of the car, there are many uncertainties which those analyses could not account for. In SAE BAJA competitions the rules given in the rulebook accounts for those uncertainties. Thus for a Baja car to be safe, firstly it has to obey all rules mentioned in the rulebook.

When rules are being governed, importance should be given to the one which could be verified just by a sight (Rules corresponding to Roll Cage). If a rule could not be followed in a car, then there should be strong reasons and proof bolstering your argument. In many cases an analyses of the component which failed to meet the rule should be a good back up.

The Safest Car Award is given to the team which completes the technical inspection in shortest time. Hence, a team aiming for the award shall not deviate any rule. All documents pertaining to the car should be with the team always.Nobody should be able to refute on any aspect of the car. A waste cloth will prove handy at worst case of any leaks found at the last minute. Wire tags shall also be taken along with the team which will be needed to route the wirings when a technical inspector asks to do so.

And finally if you aim this award train yourself to push your car fast!

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