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Common Mistakes ATV Beginners Make

a man riding on the back of a truck

Riding an ATV is an out-of-this-world-fun experience. If you’ve never felt the wind in your hair as you travel through gorgeous forests and past majestic vistas, then you’ve never truly lived.

Okay, that may be a bit extreme. But still, ATVing is awesome … as long as you know what you’re doing. Trouble is, many newbies don’t know what they’re doing and unintentionally commit a few major errors. Here they are, and how to fix them, so you can enjoy your experience like a pro!

1. Rolling

The problem: ATVs are lighter than cars or trucks by a good margin, which means they don’t have the stability of larger vehicles. If you’re used to driving a car and then hop on an ATV, hoping for the same traction, then you might get rolled and severely injured.

The solution: Until you are used to the power of ATVs, throttle up slowly and don’t take turns sharply. Also, steer clear of mud or ice.

2. Loading an ATV Incorrectly

The problem: Many beginners try to load ATVs into pickups by riding up a ramp into the bed of the truck, explains MotoSport. That’s a recipe for disaster.

The solution: Get help from someone who knows what they’re doing and can help ensure you don’t make a critical mistake.

3. Going Without a Guide

The problem: ATVs travel a good distance in a short amount of time. If you’re not familiar with the trails you’re on, this is a good way to get lost, especially in large preserves like Yellowstone and Grand Teton. It’s also a good way to unintentionally go off trail and harm natural areas.

The solution: Book a trip with knowledgeable, permitted guides who can help you enjoy the beauty of the outdoors safely and respectfully.

Ready to book an ATV ride so you can enjoy the beauty of the backcountry the way it’s meant to be enjoyed? Get in touch with Scenic Safaris to book your trip today!