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Five Need-to-Know Tips for ATV Beginners With Quad Cars

 

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“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”-Nelson Mandela

 

ATV in the Philippines has been recently gaining quite a following. It is a type of sport wherein people have found themselves developing an interest in. After all, there is nothing quite like the pure exhilaration and the rush of excitement you would feel when you first get on a quad.

In some cases, the rush of being on a new vehicle is too much that you would be tempted to run it like you stole it. However, this is not necessarily a good idea—particularly if you are still a beginner. After all, it is always best to get a feel of the vehicle first before riding it to its full capacity. Furthermore, as you are technically still a novice, it would be best if you took some safety precautions first. So, if you are planning on going on ATV riding this weekend, here are some of the need-to-know basics you ought to keep in mind:

 

 

Get to know the quad

If you have recently taken home a new quad, know that the first thing you should do is to read the manual. Unfortunately, like most new car owners, most individuals who own quads would think that manual reading is negligible and not really all that important. However, reading the manual is pivotal to the proper care and maintenance of your ATV. After all, your vehicle is likely a significant investment so you would want to ensure that it is adequately taken care of. You do not have to read it from cover to cover but at least orient yourself to the features of your quad car, the functions, maintenance schedules, and proper break-in procedures.

Inspect and top off all fluids

While taking out your new ATV or quad car for a test ride might seem like a tempting prospect, you should hold that thought until you have already checked the lifeblood of the motor. Keep in mind that most common mishaps which would consequently damage your motor’s internal organs can easily be avoided simply if you took the extra time to check on your vehicle’s motor. Much like how you would routinely check a car if it has enough water, so should you for an ATV. Twist off the cap and ensure that the engine oil, coolant, and differential fluids are all at the proper level.

Tighten Lug Nuts

More often than not, ATVs would be packed tightly into crates when they arrive at your local dealership’s shop. In this regard, no one would exactly know for sure what happens during shipments. In this regard, it would be best if you tighten the vehicle’s lug nuts and torque it well on all four wheels. You do not want to be braving the dirt roads only to have one of the lug nuts coming off which is a potential accident waiting to happen. Besides, it does not take much of your time to tighten them, so take the extra time to do so.

Check the tire pressure

Having enough air in your tires would mean ease of ride. Furthermore, knowing the tire pressure is crucial to the handling characteristics of your vehicle. There are dangerous consequences posed by tires running out of air and if this were to occur to you, facing all kinds of difficulties would be a possibility. However, you should not run with too much air as well as this well lead you to consequently bounce uncontrollably on your quad. While lower pressure might mean that a tire would be easier to puncture, it allows for more traction in softer soils. On the other hand, high pressure would mean higher durability and predictable sliding. However, there is less traction. Your job as an owner is to find the balance between these two. You can always start with the manufacturer’s recommendation and pump in or out air as you wish and as you deem suitable to your riding needs.

Engage the clutch

Engaging the clutch takes no more than a few seconds to do and in turn, would give you a more convenient and comfortable ride. Setting your clutch in the position it engages allows you to pull your clutch lever with two fingers which means your other two fingers can hold on to the grips. In this regard, you can handle difficult terrains better and still have a good grip in your hands.

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Outdoor Adventures: Four Common Mistakes First-Time ATV Riders Make

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“If happiness is the goal—and it should be, then adventures should be your top priority.” –Richard Branson

 

The Philippines is no stranger to All-Terrain Vehicle Rides (ATV for brevity). In fact, ATV in the Philippines has been considered a popular outdoor activity insomuch that many tourist places would offer it as an attraction. In this regard, many locals have expressed their desire to try out this ride at least once during the summer season or whenever they can.

However, while riding an ATV can look seemingly easy and straightforward, it is actually a lot more complicated than it presents. Many riders, particularly novices, make the mistake of underestimating the skill and dexterity it takes to ride an ATV. After all, how can it be any different than taking your regular 4-wheel car for a ride around the block, right?

Well, in some aspects you are right. Indeed, ATV quad cars are easier to manage over their two-wheeled counterparts. Furthermore, the chances of crashing would be mitigated given that it is easier to learn. Unfortunately, just because it is easy to learn does not automatically mean that it would be easy on a whole. More often than not, beginners make the mistake of overlooking the skills required to execute some techniques that would often result in crashes, rollovers and even injury. These would all have been avoided had they been given adequate instruction from the get-go. So, if you are planning on trying your hand on ATV riding and get into the sport, it might be helpful to know what mistakes you ought to avoid that had been committed by most first-time ATV riders. In doing so, you are better prepared for what you are getting into:

 

Failing to learn about the new terrain

Much of what makes an ATV ride so enjoyable is the terrain itself. In this regard, it is best if you not only knew of the terrain but learned it as well. Apart from guaranteeing you a more enjoyable ride, learning about the terrain would also prevent accidents and injuries. Taking off without testing the terrain first would lead to more rollovers.

Failure to install nerf bars

Nerf bars are what you would call the foot pegs of your ATV. They are important as they give your feet a place to rest. Be sure to get the bigger ones and not the traditional foot pegs that tend to make your feet slip off more than usual. Remember, foot pegs are installed to avoid the possibility of you dragging your feet while you are riding—a sure recipe for serious injury. Nerf bars do not only keep you safe by stabilizing your feet but would also allow you to have maximum control over the ATV.

Rolling Over

Because an ATV is bulky and heavy, many riders would think it unlikely to roll over unless one is incredibly inept at handling it. However, it is fairly easy to roll one over and once it does, you would not want to be at the bottom of the equation. Most riders end up underneath of an ATV sandwich by looping out which is typically done with hitting the gas and having little to absolutely no experience with the power of an ATV. From there, the front would spike up and would throw you onto your back and pinned underneath the vehicle. Another way to do this is when you underestimate the terrain conditions and continuously slide in mud and other slick conditions. Remember, the tires are there to grip the ground and if it is slippery to begin with, your vehicle’s wheels will have nothing to grip onto. With both of these in mind, do not step on the gas as if you intend to floor it, ease on it and gradually pick up speed and avoid speeding on slick terrains as well to avoid rolling over.

False sense of security

Many riders have developed this false sense of security that because it is fun and enjoyable to do, they overlook wearing the proper protective equipment which is an absolute no-no. An ATV does not have any seatbelts installed so you are likely to need protective gear and some extra precautions. For a safe and enjoyable ride, wear a helmet, a pair of goggles, gloves and riding boots—and this is just for the minimum. If you wish to ride and take on more difficult terrains, your protective gear should also include chest protectors, knee brace and the like.

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Planning a Safe and Fun ATV Ride

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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:

*Water
*First Aid Kit
*Flashlight
*Tow strap
*Tool Kit
*Tire repair kit with pump
*Map
*GPS
*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.

 

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Going For an ATV Ride With Your Kiddo? Helmet Is a Must-Wear

We, adults, understand the necessity of wearing helmets when riding an ATV. And we also understand why our kids need to wear one, too. However, the torment starts when our kids refuse to wear it no matter how insistent we are. Yeah, yeah, kids will be kids. But, parents should be parents, too. So, how do you get your kids to wear a helmet when riding an ATV? Here’s how.

Going for an ATV Philippines ride? Wear that helmet!