Tips to stay safe while riding ATVs

Published: May. 30, 2023 at 2:48 PM EDT|Updated: May. 30, 2023 at 4:17 PM EDT
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BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) - Riding ATVs can be dangerous if the necessary safety precautions are not taken.

R.G. Motorsports in Bridgeport is sharing some safety tips and tricks for staying safe while riding this summer.

“Please read your owner’s manual entirely, pay attention to the warnings and the labels on the ATV, and know how to be properly attired while riding your ATV. Make sure you have on a helmet, gloves, eye protection, long-sleeve shirt, pants, and over the ankle boots,” said Mark Gricewich, Owner and General Manager of R.G. Motorsports.

Gricewich says you should never ride alone or with someone on the back unless the ATV is made for two people to prevent accidents from happening. It is also important to make sure you are not riding under the influence.

“We recommend all of our operators do not consume drugs or alcohol before riding or after riding. It’s best not to ride alone. It’s best to ride with a group or someone else,” Gricewich said.

All ATVs are designed for certain age groups and Gricewich says to make sure you follow them, or you could get hurt.

“We encourage all of our operators to pay close attention to the age limits on ATVs. It’s really important to operate an ATV for your age group and for the young children make sure they have adult supervision,” Gricewich said.

To learn more about ATV safety you can enroll in a safety course online here.