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As Memorial Day and the warm days of summertime are approaching, you will likely be taking every chance you can find to ride out on the trail.

Whether you are riding an ATV, motorcycle, or side by side, there are some important safety measures to keep in mind while you’re enjoying the ride of your life. 

Today, we are going to cover some essential motorcycle and ATV safety tips to keep in mind as you prepare for the warm weather. First, let’s check your gear and see if you need to make any upgrades before hitting the trail. 

Replace Any Worn, Broken, or Torn Safety Gear

The garments that you wear while you are riding can be the determining factor when it comes to an accident on the trail. Items such as helmets, gloves, jackets, pants and boots can be the first point of contact if any kind of incident happens.

When it comes to your helmets, if you have to replace one, make sure you select one that has an independent safety endorsement. The seal is located on the helmet, as well as on its packaging. This ensures that the product has been independently inspected, tested, and verified for its protective quality. 

Check Your ATV for Any Maintenance Issues

Rust in your vehicle can eat away the metals, and cause leaks. Leaks in the pipes or parts in your ATV can cause your vehicle to not work, or run significantly worse. 

Dents in your vehicle can also cause some extra wear and tear if the materials rub together. If the dents are bad enough, or not taken care of properly, it can result in cracks.

Keep an ear out for any odd noises that are coming from your engine. This could be due a wide variety of causes, but it should be checked as soon as it is heard.

Do Not Drink and Ride

Never drink and ride in any situation. Alcohol can alter the state of mind of the driver, impair judgment, and slow reaction time among many other risks to the safety of yourself and others nearby. 

Save drinking until after you have finished riding. The drink will taste much better when you return to where you are spending the night.

While public roads have plenty of safety hazards, trails do as well. Being in an altered state of mind while riding through will keep you and your riding group safe while on the trail.

Safety hazards for trails: 

Remote riding destinations across the United States can be dangerous places if you are not considering your surroundings while on your vehicle. Trees can look absolutely beautiful, but can also become hazards if you are not paying attention. 

Boulders are heavy but can be even heavier when inertia is involved. In a natural disaster, boulders can be dangerous when dislodged. If you are unaware of your surroundings, you could find this out firsthand.

Water sources, such as rivers, lakes, streams, and even smaller ones, can also be dangerous, especially if they are deeper than they appear to be beneath the surface It can be easy to not notice a small dip in the land. Where there is water, you may also encounter mud too thick or sticky for your tires to ride through. 

Bring Emergency Essentials when Riding

When an emergency hits, supplies are needed, but almost never there. Prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. Prepare a bag for riding that contains the following items.

  • Ice packs
  • Bottled water
  • Satellite phone if in the remote wilderness
  • Scent-proof food containers if bringing food
  • A first-aid kit
  • A portable shovel if tires are stuck in the mud
  • A change of clothes if your non-riding clothes become dirty or damaged
  • A flashlight and spare batteries
  • Basic fire-starting equipment

Essentials like these can save lives if an emergency were to happen. Be sure to protect yourself and others when riding, and prepare for the worst.

Tell Someone Where You Will Be That Day and When You Expect to Be Home

If you plan on riding out on the trails at any time, it is important to notify someone about where you are going and how long you will be out.

In the instance that you are in a cellular dead-zone and get hurt, the other person will be able to recognize the situation and call the proper services to make sure you are safe. 

Do Not Attempt New Trails or Stunts for the First Time if Riding Alone

If you are going to try new stunts or trails, it is important to do this as a group. If something happens, you are going to need someone to administer first aid, stabilize any injuries, or call emergency services if necessary.

Avoid Riding After Dark

Daylight is your best friend when you are riding a motorcycle or ATV. While your vehicle has headlights, there is no guarantee that others on the road will see it, or that you will see the trail with enough clarity to avoid potential hazards. 

The Safest Time of Year to Ride is the Summer

If you are wondering when is the best time for riding, it would have to be summer. Among snow, ice, and other safety risks, winter days are shorter and you will have less natural light to illuminate the trail. 

Slow Down when Going Around Turns and Curves

Winding sections of roads and trails can pose a danger to everyone, not putting any bad weather conditions that could happen into the mix. Keep a safe and slow speed when navigating sharp turns or curves that you cannot see the other side of. 

Obey All Traffic Laws for Street-legal Off Road Vehicles

When it comes to off road and all terrain vehicles, they tend to be considered street-legal in Idaho with the proper credentials. When you are riding, be sure to obey all standard traffic laws and yield to larger vehicles that travel at higher speeds. 

Reserve the Ride of Your Life with a New Offroad Vehicle for Summer

When it comes to riding an ATV or motorcycle, fun and freedom can be at your fingertips at Switchback Motorsports.

With a wide brand selection, including popular names such as Polaris and Yamaha, Switchback has everything that a new driver, or returning rider could want.

Boasting generous financing options, as well as affordable pre-owned and used all terrain vehicles, virtually nothing is stopping you from riding off in a new ATV.

Need riding gear, such as helmets and riding gloves, before you head off? Not a worry, at Switchback Motorsports, you can find safety equipment as well.

Check out our full inventory online or visit our showroom in Pocatello, ID to check out the current options we’re offering.

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