All-terrain vehicles or off-road vehicles (ATVs) are fun to ride. You can ride them as recreational vehicles. Kids, teens, and adolescents have fun with them. But for the serious, they can be tools to use on the pathways of a mountain or a rough hill. Riding ATVs is fun for sure, but, like motorcycles, they pose a serious threat.

If you want to ride ATVs, it’s good if you already have the training; even if you do, you should follow these tips to avoid serious injury.

Avoid Distractions/ when you’re on the road, you shouldn’t be distracted from what you do—that’s proper driving. ATVs are vehicles too, so you should apply the same rules you do when driving. You should avoid making distracting activities—calling or texting someone or using a gadget—when you’re behind the wheels or on ATVs. Your only focus should be the path and the ATV your only gadget of choice at the moment.

Avoid Speeding/ usually, older, more experienced riders tell younger riders like teens or adolescents to avoid speeding. Even if you’re among these older riders, you should avoid speeding too if you lack the experience. ATVs can be a difficult beast to control at high speeds. If you don’t know how to ride them or lack the experience to be confident, don’t even think of speeding. You never know what kind of injury you may end up having.

Stock up on Safety Gears/ of course, like in two-wheel vehicles, you should have safety gear on when riding ATVs. Remember to check if you have everything. If you’re a motorcycle rider, it’s easier to check up on the safety gear as it is mostly familiar; your elbows and knees should be protected as well as your head and your eyes. Boots and gloves are a welcome addition. This would lessen the impact should your ATV go out of control and you flip it over.

Make sure it’s Well-Maintained/ some companies forego inspections and regular maintenance as a way of saving money. Don’t go with these companies. When you’re renting an ATV, make sure that it has passed all necessary safety checks. You can ask the company whether they have a good history of keeping their ATVs in good condition. After all, you’re risking life and limb riding these potentially unstable vehicles up a steep incline, so they should be road-worthy.

Don’t Ride if you can’t/ if you’re drunk, don’t ride. If you’re tired, take a break; don’t ride. It’s easier to get into injuries you normally avoid if you ride tired and when you do, you’re not only putting yourself at risk, you’re putting the whole group and the company you’ve rented the ATV at risk too. Be conscientious of safety; make an effort to do things properly. By avoiding riding when you can’t, you’ve already taken a step at becoming well-experienced on ATVs.

ATV rides are fun and enjoyable when you’re doing it properly. If you’re injured because of it, the fun just goes away. Remember to always keep your safety a priority when you’re renting an ATV.