Taking an ATV out for enjoyment has many benefits, including enjoying the beauty of the outdoors and as an exhilarating form of exercise. Adrenaline Driven Adventures believes in the thrill and fulfillment of this great outdoor activity, but we also want everyone to be as safe as possible while we are out doing what we enjoy.
Do you know how to ride safely? What equipment should you never leave the house without? What about your mentality while you ride? Are there special weather considerations to take into account? In this article, we will go over some basic do’s and don’ts along with some other important considerations.
Although some outdoor recreation is great for all ages, ATVs are a little different as no one under 16 should operate or ride as a passenger on an ATV. It requires a certain amount of strength and acuity to safely operate an ATV and children can struggle with this. Unfortunately, children under 16 account for roughly a quarter of ATV injuries every year. Let’s help keep our youngest adventurers safe by making sure they ride on the appropriate equipment.
The most important safety gear we can have, besides our common sense, is a helmet. Anyone under 18 must always wear a helmet, and that goes for riders of every age as well. You never outgrow head injuries so protect your most important assets by never forgetting to wear an approved, well-fitting helmet.
In addition to helmets, other protective gear and clothing are important as well. Is your footwear going to keep your feet and ankles protected? What about gloves and safety shades/sunglasses? There’s a wide variety of options so be sure to check out what type of protective equipment and clothing makes sense for you.
Last but far from least, make sure you carry a robust first aid kit that can handle the variety of injuries and ailments you might encounter. Check out our article here for a breakdown of first aid supplies and considerations.
Food & Water:
This may seem obvious but dehydration and heat stroke are some of the most common outdoor emergencies. It is recommended to consume three to four liters of water a day minimum but this varies for everyone. If you’re out on a hot day or exercising especially hard while you ride make sure you’re bringing enough to last the day and some extra for an emergency. It never hurts to have extra water.
Regarding food, make sure your selection is well-rounded. It will be difficult to sustain all-day energy if you don’t have well-rounded nutrition, so make sure you’ve got protein and carbs in addition to those energy drinks and candy bars.
Depending on where you ride, it can be difficult to assess the weather as the day progresses. In some areas, storms move exceptionally quickly, and on some trails ridges and mountains can block our ability to see weather changes. Always know what the forecast is for where you’ll be riding and prepare accordingly. It’s no fun to head home in the rain without warm clothing or a rain jacket and it can even be dangerous and lead to hypothermia.
The same caution, although different preparation, can be used for hot sunny days. What’s the predicted temperature high for the day? How much sunscreen and extra water should you bring? Don’t forget the sun hats and sunglasses!
Last but far from least, why not take a class or get a certification? There are a number of opportunities all over the country and learning from a professional is one of the best ways to increase your skill and knowledge in any area.
Always abide by the state laws where you ride, whether you’re traveling or at home.
Thank you for taking the time to read about ATV safety. We encourage all riders to have the most fun they can while also keeping themselves and those around them safe. Feel free to reach out to us and schedule a tour as that can be one of the best ways to get introduced to a new activity or area. Safe riding out there!
Riding a motorcycle is one of the most freeing and exhilarating experiences a person can have, but what about the prudent precautions to take? We all know about helmets and technique, but do you know how to build a motorcycle first aid kit? If not, don’t worry, Adrenaline Driven Adventures is always here for you with the best information possible!
Most commercially produced first aid kits are great for most minor injuries and ailments but lack the robust and situation-specific supplies that a more comprehensive kit provides. Specifically for riding motorcycles, most kits lack severe bleeding control items, burn mitigation supplies, and environmental injury prevention, which should all be considered when riding on the road or a trail.
So what do you add to an existing first aid set up, or what do you include if you build your own? Simple items like bandaids, tape, over-the-counter medications, and gauze are still great to carry with you in appropriate quantities, but what about unexpected trauma emergencies?
One of the most common severe injuries is broken bones, and a three or four-inch elastic wrap with a malleable SAM splint is perfect for field immobilization. They are compact, durable, and do not expire.
Another trauma concern for motorcycle riders is severe bleeding. A nasty laceration can cause life-threatening loss of blood within only a couple of minutes. Sometimes, a deadly bleed can come from a broken bone, such as the femur nicking an internal artery. The US military has done a fantastic job developing treatment protocols and equipment for these injuries, so it is best to follow their lead. The most commonly recommended supplies for treating severe bleeding are a 4” roll of gauze, a military-grade four-inch emergency bandage, and a manufactured tourniquet. For those with a bigger budget, the roll of regular gauze can be exchanged for gauze that promotes coagulation with what is called a hemostatic agent. The combination of these items has proven to be lifesaving the world over.
In addition to breaks and bleeds, a nasty burn can happen while you’re out riding. Ask anyone who has ever bumped bare skin against a hot exhaust. There are various gels and bandages that cool and protect burns and can even be used on sunburns.
Speaking of sun damage, does your kit prepare you for environmental concerns? Dehydration, burns, and cold can lead to severe issues such as heat stroke and hypothermia. Make sure to include sunscreen, electrolyte powders, and emergency space blankets when filling out your kit.
Another aspect to consider is special medication situations, such as glucose for diabetes or an Epipen for severe allergic reactions. Over-the-counter medications can only do so much, and certain individuals have very specific needs.
Another crucial consideration is the wisdom in the saying, “the best first aid kit is the one you carry on you.” What bag or case will your motorcycle first aid be stored in? How easy will it be to access your kit if seconds count? Be sure not to keep it in the bottom of your saddlebags or carrying location of choice.
Last, but most important, no first aid supply will save a life on its own. It requires a trained person to use it effectively. There are a variety of courses that can help you learn medical care. From very in-depth courses like the Wilderness First Responder, to more basic first aid with Stop The Bleed classes, there are health care courses available for all levels. Whatever interests you, be sure that you know the supplies in your kit and how to use them safely.
Your friends at Adrenaline Driven Adventures wish you all safe riding out there, and remember, always be prepared!