Fun with ATVs
All-terrain vehicles, often referred to as ATVs, are fun recreational vehicles designed to let you travel through conditions for which ordinary vehicles might not be equipped, such as steep mountain trails and rocky country paths.
Many people use ATVs for work purposes, such as farm labor. But it doesn't have to be all work and no play. Riding ATVs can be a fun family outing―as well as a solitary getaway.
Safety should always come first when riding an ATV. Consider taking an ATV RiderCourse. Once you do, it's time to head out for some fun!
Have you ever wanted to have a peaceful picnic somewhere away from civilization, but dismissed the idea because you didn't want to walk very far or drive your vehicle over rough, bumpy surfaces?
Well, get your picnic basket back out. With the help of your ATV, you can now get to that remote location without blowing a tire or even breaking a sweat.
By riding your ATV, you'll be able to get to picnic locations your vehicle or feet may not have ever been able to reach.
Hiking a nature trail is enjoyable recreation whether you're walking, pedaling a bike, or riding an ATV. However, when you have the power of an ATV beneath you, you can get up and down those rocky hills much easier than the pedestrians and bicyclists.
You'll also be able to carry things pedestrians and bicyclists might not want to carry or be able to balance. With an ATV, it's easy to bring a backpack filled with a camera, extra water, sun block, and a first-aid kit.
The extra weight won't matter on an ATV. Just strap the items onto your rack and go.
ATVs can get you to and from your hunting or fishing location while still keeping you in touch with the outdoors. Riding your ATV to the lake is much more fun than walking or taking the car.
Plus, ATVs help you haul your catch back to the house. This is an especially useful benefit for hunters who have just bagged a large deer, or fishermen who don't want their cars to stink for days.
Riding events are often coordinated for ATV riders to get together with other riders.
But, ATV riding events are so much more than just riding your ATV. During an ATV riding event, you can take a lengthy guided tour of a gorgeous park or a simple organized ride through a nature trail.
No matter what the objective of the ATV riding event is, it's designed to offer you a fun journey with an interesting view from the comfort of your ATV seat.
ATVs aren't just for adults; kids can enjoy them, too. Just make sure your child is riding an ATV built specifically for people of his or her size, and always accompany your child when he or she wants to ride.
Tread Lightly! is a nonprofit organization that offers information for all kinds of outdoor activities for kids, including ATV riding. Download their online brochure, Responsible ATV Riding, to help your kids ride safely and responsibly while respecting the environment and others.Other Topics in This Section
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- How To Pull A Trailer
- Pre-trip Maintenance
- How To Map Your Route
- Planning Your Getaway
- RV Handling & Driving Tips
- Finding a Place to Park Your RV
- Getting Off the Beaten Path
- Roadside Attractions: Stopping Along the Way
- How To Reach Your Destination Safely
- How To Buy a Sailboat
- How To Buy a Power Boat
- Vintage Cars and Rallies
- Should You Join a Car Club?
- Fun with ATVs
- Saving Money on the Road
- How to Plan a Road Trip
- Stocking Your RV
- Top Ten Seasonal Scenic Drives
- Traveling With Your Pet
- National Parks
- Hitting the Slopes
- Preparing An Emergency Kit
- Preparing A First-aid Kit
- Crossing the Border
- Gambling Getaways
- Paper Maps and Online Guides
- Guide to GPS
- Wireless Maps on Cell Phones
- Beach Excursion
- Avoiding Road Construction
- Sample Trip Itineraries
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