There’s no doubt that ATV riding enthusiasts favor the recreational activity for the thrill and exhilaration. There’s nothing quite like the adrenalin rush that off-roading brings. However, as with any form of diving, recreational or not, safety should always be the top priority. Torque Group, Powersports Extended Service Contract provider (as well as other F& I solutions and products) reminds owners of powersports vehicles, whether an ATV or UTV, jet ski, snowmobile, or motorcycle, that responsible ownership also means being a responsible driver.

What does being a responsible ATV owner and driver mean? Here are a few reminders:

1. Your ATV is for your personal use only

While you may be tempted to let someone else use your machine, especially if that person is someone close to you, it isn’t advised because you will be responsible for that person’s safety whether you like it or not. Even when you’re certain of that person’s expertise behind the wheel and you’ve actually seen them in action, letting them borrow your ATV still wouldn’t be a good idea for the same reason: you are liable/responsible for their safety.

2. Keep the keys out of reach of your kids

If you have kids, especially curious teenagers, make sure they don’t have access to the keys because if curiosity gets the best of them, they could try and ride it. While there isn’t a federal law regarding age restrictions on ATV riding, there are state regulations regarding this. If you do intend to let your kids learn to ride the ATV, make sure they get proper training first, and make sure too that you or an adult guardian will always be with them.

3. Make sure the machine is always in excellent condition

Apart from thoroughly cleaning the ATV after every ride, it would also be to your benefit (and peace of mind) to have certain warranties or policies on hand, so you won’t be burdened too much with financial responsibilities should anything happen to your vehicle. From Powersports Extended Service Contract to Lifetime Battery Program, maintenance programs, and such, it’s important to have such contracts readily available when breakdowns happen or when your vehicle starts to show signs of wear and tear.

On top of these, you, of course, need to follow rules and regulations regarding ATV riding. Apart from wearing all the proper gear (goggles, helmet, gloves, etc.), you also need to ride only where it is allowed. This means approved off-roading sites. And ride only when you are scheduled to, which basically means avoiding “cutting in line,” so to speak, just so you can ride on a whim.

Apart from having policies and warranties like a Powersports Extended Service Contract and riding only at designated spots, another important aspect of being a responsible ATV owner and driver is ensuring everyone else’s safety while you’re off-roading with them.