As summer looms over us so are the endless possibilities of summer outdoor activities. These can range anywhere from outdoor beach sports to indoor sports activities. However, for some automobile enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers, this is the perfect time to venture into all-terrain vehicle riding or ATV riding for brevity. In fact, the Philippines has been making waves for hosting areas where riding ATV’s may be possible. This is a fun activity you can do outdoors during your leisure time and is not only limited to adults as everyone and anyone can do it, with enough safety precautions of course.
So, for those of you who are novices or even the experts in ATV riding and whether you are planning this as a Saturday afternoon hangout activity, or a weekday run in the seemingly endless and trail-less dirt terrains, planning ahead for your trip can it make it so much more fun and safe in particular.
GET YOURSELF AND YOUR RIDE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER
Remember that you are essentially operating a machine (your mini four wheeler is still a machine after all) and like most machines, it would break down from time to time and would constantly need to be checked and maintained. This is a precaution, have your ATVs checked before riding them into terrains as you will never know if you might be driving one with a malfunctioning break. It is still better to be safe than sorry after all. Additionally, have a good look at your physical condition, being sickly and injured would make you unfit to ride an ATV, especially for those long and rough excursions.
Before heading out, make sure your quad is adequately prepared by checking all the fluid levels and condition. This includes oil, brake fluid and engine coolant on liquid cooled machines–pretty much like how you should check your cars before driving off with them. Peruse the tires and make sure they are not showing any signs of wear and also that you have the proper air pressure. Check your brakes, clutch and throttle cables, if they are adjusted and lubricated as necessary and that the battery and all lights are working if equipped. If you are not in good shape (physically or mentally) or your quad is not in good and working order, then you might as well forgo it as your trip may be precarious for your welfare and your health.
TAKE NECESSARY ITEMS FOR REPAIRS AND EMERGENCIES
Admittedly, you would get yourself and your ride ready. But apart from that, you would need to have a list of essential items you should take with you including an emergency kit. This list will serve as your reference for you to plan your great ride. What your emergency kit should contain are the items listed down below:
*First Aid Kit
*Tire repair kit with pump
*Spare cash and credit cards
BE PREPARED FOR ANY SORT OF REPARATIONS
Having a toolkit is extremely necessary and it does not even have to be very big. The kit that comes with your four-wheeler is usually found under the seat or behind a body panel on some older models has most of the tools you will need. If your ATV does not come supplied with one, then it is best you furnish yourself with one.
HAVE A PLAN AND SHARE IT
Long ATV rides are fun, but you should keep in mind to try and plan your stops beforehand especially if you are not familiar with the area you will be riding in. For unfamiliar places, try reviewing maps and pick places to stop in order for you to rest. Pick places with scenic views so that you can enjoy while you rest. Additionally, it is a good idea to let someone know where you are going and when you are expected to return so that if something untoward may happen, someone is at least apprised of your activities. If you are going to be late, contact those who you have notified about your whereabouts and update them what your new time of arrival will be.
Lastly, it is better to ride in a group or at least with someone else as there are some things beyond our control while you are out on the trail so riding with a group or with others may help should anything awry happen.