Even though it may be 100 degrees outside and all that gear can be heavy and uncomfortable, there is no excuse for not wearing all of the proper safety gear anytime you swing a leg over the seat of your ATV. All it takes is one trip to the ground and you'll appreciate the protection you get by wearing the right ATV safety equipment, which includes a helmet, goggles, gloves, boots, and long pants/shirt. Accidents are not planned, and it is important to gear up for the crash - just in case!
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The most basic piece of ATV safety equipment is also the most important. A good quality helmet offers protection for the most vulnerable part of your anatomy; your head. An injury to your head is much more likely if you fall off an ATV while not wearing a helmet. It is not required by law in all states to wear a helmet while riding an ATV, however, it is always strongly encouraged.
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There are several good reasons why you should wear gloves while you ride. Good riding gloves are a key piece of ATV safety equipment and can protect your hands from flying gravel and rocks, or a branch from a tree or bush you pass too closely by, and they help prevent your hands from getting too sore or callused. They also absorb a lot of vibration that transmits through the handlebars, making it more comfortable (and safe) to ride. A good pair of ATV gloves go a long way towards comfort and safey.
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Having the right ATV safety equipment means dressing from head to toe. Good riding boots give your feet better grip and better support while you ride. They absorb shock and give you protection in a crash and from heat that comes off the motor right near your legs and feet. Most riding boots offer much better ankle support and protection than regular hiking or work boots.
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If you get something in your eyes while you're riding your ATV, it's going to bring your trip to an abrupt ending. Eye protection is a must when it comes to ATV safety equipment - and for just about any type of motorsports - but especially something off-road and in groups where debris is almost always flying around. They work much better than sunglasses because they are strapped to the helmet and because they keep out dust and debris from the sides.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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Body armor like a chest protector or roost guard can help protect your upper torso from larger rocks that might hit you. But more importantly, they will help protect you in case you are in an accident where the ATV lands on top of you. It can help protect your chest from getting crushed or punctured. A good chest protector is often overlooked as a piece of ATV safety equipment, but it can be very important.
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Having long pants and a long sleeve shirt on can be very uncomfortable at times, depending on the weather, but they provide a great service as well by protecting your skin from scrapes, cuts, and abrasions. As with gloves, boots and goggles, long pants and shirts can protect you from branches and brush scraping you, as well as from gravel if you fall off and slide on the ground. ATV safety equipment doesn't always have to protect you in a crash, it can also protect you from the sun, wind, and elements. Long sleeves and pants are a great example of protection offered on several different levels.
Safety equipment for ATVs is important. Helmet, goggles, gloves and boots can help reduce injuries in a crash. Following manufacturer's recommendations on age/size limits, not riding with passengers and not riding on pavement can greatly reduce your risk of an accident, but it's not foolproof. Wear proper ATV safety equipment.