ATVs like the SxS, three-wheeler, and four-wheeler are exciting 4WD vehicles to take off-road for some great adventures.
Yet they are different from other off-road vehicles and a lot more dangerous when not used safely.
Avoid accidents and keep safe on an ATV by following these common-sense off-roading tips!
1. Use the Right Protective Gear
Since not enclosed in an ATV like when driving a Jeep or truck, protective gear is essential.
Falling off or out of an ATV can cause a lot of injuries, so it's important to protect your entire body.
A DOT and/or Snell approved off-road helmet will offer good protection, make sure it has eye protection as well.
Always ride in long sleeves and long pants, preferably a pair of riding pants and jacket, and protect hands and feet with leather gloves and heeled protective work boots or specialty riding gloves and boots.
If you’re an advanced rider or driver and push your vehicle to its limits, use specialty protective clothing with knee, elbow, and chest protection.
2. Inspect Before Heading Out
As with any other off-road vehicle, do a thorough mechanical inspection before heading out onto the trails with your Polaris RZR XP 1000.
Check tires for condition and air pressure level, make sure brakes and controls are functioning properly, and that all lights and switches are working, too.
Before starting up, make sure the oil and gas are filled, and if equipped with a chain, inspect that to ensure it’s in good condition and well-lubricated.
3. Know How To Ride or Drive It First
Though they look easy to use, don’t go on the trails until you first know how to safely drive or ride an ATV.
Learn how to drive an ATV before going off-roading so you are confident in controlling the vehicle.
Choose a vehicle that's sized right for you, then find a safe place to practice with it.
Once the controls are second nature as well as understanding the b ing for how an ATV handles on the trails.
4. Learn How To Turn
Turning is more challenging with an ATV than with a car or truck, and must be done correctly to avoid rolling over.
Look in the user manual for specific vehicle information and follow the rider instructions on how to take turns safely.
You may need to use body weight to balance the vehicle while making turns, leaning to the inside going slower and leaning to the outside when going faster.
Get some good practice making slower, wider turns before increasing speed and tighten the turns.
As you get more comfortable with the Polaris RZR, balancing around turns will become instinctive.
5. Be Cautious On Hills
Ascending and descending hills with something like the Polaris RZR XP 1000 is another thing to learn with caution as the chance of rolling over is high.
Use a lower gear going up and coming down, then always do both in a straight run to the top and then back to the bottom.
Driving diagonally on inclines increases the chance of losing control and roll.
Maintain control by driving slowly but steadily up and down, adding more speed only if needed to successfully climb the incline.
Avoid using the brakes as much as possible when coming down, as a top-heavy brake foot is yet one more thing that can cause you to roll the vehicle
6. Learn to Drive On Different Terrains
A great thing about ATVs of all kinds is how much fun they are on different terrains like mud, sand, and snow as well as crossing water.
Yet each of those surfaces is challenging in their own ways and your vehicle will react differently to them.
Learn the particulars of how to handle each surface in order to successfully get through those obstacles.
In all cases, know that foot grips on an ATV can become slippery when they get wet and the brakes may not respond as quickly either.
Success depends on using enough speed to keep moving forward without using so much speed that the tires spin and dig in; those speeds will differ based on the conditions.
7. Use the Right Trails and Spaces
Beyond the actual riding itself, ATV riders and drivers must also adhere to the rules of the road or in this case, the trail.
Only drive on trails marked for your type of vehicle, and be respectful of others using the trails at the same time.
When traveling on other trails meant for different vehicles, it may be possible to encounter wider or thinner trails that could affect being able to control your ATV and possibly cause damage to those trails if your tires leave different ruts than what’s already there.
Be respectful of to the trails and others by following all general off-roading trail etiquette.
ATV Fun Starts With Knowledge and Safety
ATVs like the Polaris RZR XP 1000 offer an exciting and enjoyable way to experience off-roading that’s much different than doing it in a truck or Jeep; however, it can also be a lot more dangerous.
Safety is a key concern for off-roading on these types of vehicles that can easily end up out of control or rolling over.
Learn to ride well before hitting the trail, wear the right protective gear, and use common sense so you have a thrilling experience without getting hurt or damaging your ATV!