Summer is here with all the fun activities it brings, including ATVing around the countryside. Before going out on an adventure make sure you consider these safety tips before hitting the trails. 

In a release the Saskatchewan All-Terrain Vehicle Association recommends. 

"1. Always Wear a Helmet 

Properly fitted protective gear is essential to ATV safety. This includes a helmet, eye protection, gloves, boots, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. 

2. Make a Plan 

Let a family member or friend know where you’re going, and when you expect to return. Carry a cell phone and bring a first aid kit. 

3. Don’t Attempt Risky Maneuvres 

If a rider attempts uneven terrain, the ATV can easily roll, trapping the rider and causing severe injuries. Never attempt any trail or path that appears too difficult or makes you feel uncomfortable. Know your limits and avoid tricky maneuvers and risky situations. Never speed or make sharp turns. Since ATVs are not designed for roads, steer clear of roads and streets unless for quick crossings. 

4. Never Double-Up 

Unless your ATV is designed for more than one person, never add a passenger. Adding a person to an ATV designed for one driver can change the dynamics of the vehicle, especially when climbing or descending hills or when maneuvering around obstacles. This can result in a roll-over. 

5. Never Combine Drinking or Drugs with ATVing 

Impairment reduces reaction time, affects judgement and significantly increases the risk of dangerous incidents. Operating an ATV while impaired is illegal, even on private property, and can result in a DUI charge. 

6. Make Regular Stops to Inspect the ATV Exhaust 

Avoid tall grass or brush as hot exhaust can be a fire hazard. Inspect your ATVs exhaust regularly for grass and debris build-up as it can quickly cause a wildfire when knocked off while driving. Consider fitting your ATV with a spark arrestor to prevent sparks from escaping into dry grassland and forest areas. 

7. Take In an Approved Safety Course 

Riders aged 12 to 15 and anyone who doesn’t have a driver’s license must complete an approved safety course or be supervised by someone who has had their drivers’ license for at least a year."

As fun as exploring the untamed wilds is, safety should be the number one concern on everyone’s mind when using all-terrain vehicles