Enjoy your Polaris Safely
ATVs are fun to ride – whether it’s for commercial use to haul small cargo loads or simply for recreation. ATV vehicles operate best in tight wooded areas and are perfect for folks to use if they need to quickly hop on or hop off. While physically demanding to ride, in comparison with UTVs, ATVs can be towed more easily to an approved riding venue.
Polaris is one of the largest distributors of ATVs, Side by Side vehicles and RZR vehicles. Polaris vehicles do adhere to the strictest of safety standard. However, in the past few years, this company has had some issues with unreliable parts and were forced into a recall situation on several of their product lines.
Basic ATV Safety
Whether your idea of an ATV race is to get a full day’s work done before sunset or simply get outdoors on an adventure ATV course to pit yourself against the elements and your friends, following several basic safety guidelines is key to maximizing your enjoyment and minimizing any risk of injury. Here are 3 top safety tips for ATV owners – Polaris and otherwise:
- Wear the Right Protective Gear –
According to the ATV Safety Institute’s Golden Rules, having the right protective gear available and ready is a key part of enjoying your Polaris ATV activities safely. Be sure to wear a DOT-compliant helmet along with goggles, long sleeved shirt, long pants, over-the-ankle boots and riding gloves. If you are riding in climates with warmer weather, be sure to find lightweight cooling fabric that allows your skin to breathe. By following safety guidelines, you are sure to make the most of your ATV activities and protect yourself from injury as well.
- Have Age Appropriate Supervision –
Age 16 is the national age for getting a driver’s license and while an ATV is not a car, it also is a vehicle that requires good judgment and a degree of driving acumen. Not all states require strict registration and licensing for ATV riding. Even if you happen to reside in a state with more relaxed rules around ATV ownership and driving, it’s always a good idea to have an extra person or two available for contacting in case of any type of emergency. It is also wise to be sure and choose an ATV that is the right size for your age and ability level. In addition, make sure that any ATV riders – no matter what age they are – have received the appropriate safety training.
- Ride in ATV Approved Spaces –
ATVs – whether for recreational use or commercial use are designed to be ridden and operated off-highway. While it may be tempting to find a deserted area of the highway to ride on, never, never do so – it endangers you, any passengers you may have and other drivers on the paved road. Besides, isn’t the entire purpose of riding ATVs recreationally to have an off-road adventure and get away from the typical urban sprawl or everyday places? You can find a list of trails to ride here.
If you or your loved ones have been negatively affected by the Polaris recall or any type of ATV product issue, our highly qualified legal team is here and ready to hear from you. We operate on a contingency fee basis which means that you, the client, are not responsible for repaying any legal expenses until and unless we recover money for you.
For your free preliminary consultation with one of our Pittman, Dutton & Hellums team members, please call (205) 322-8880 or fill in our contact form. We’re here to get you true justice for any safety issues you’ve experienced with your Polaris ATV.