Safety Gear

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The nature of operating an ATV, ROV or dirt bike demands that you wear protective gear. Knowing what to wear and how to wear it can make you feel more comfortable when you ride and reduce the chance of injury. Never operate an ATV, ROV or dirt bike or ride as a passenger without a quality motorcycle helmet, eye protection, boots, gloves, long pants, and a longsleeved shirt or jacket.

 

Helmets

Your helmet is the most important piece of protective gear for safe riding. A helmet can help prevent a serious head injury. There are a few basic tips to keep in mind when selecting a helmet. Select a helmet that carries either the Department of Transportation (DOT) label or the Snell Memorial Foundation label. To make sure you helmet meets safety standards visit www.helmetcheck.org.

Your helmet should fit snugly and fasten securely. Full-face helmets help protect your face as well as your head. Open-face helmets are lighter and may be cooler, but should be used with mouth protection. Eye protection should be used with both types of helmets.


Clothing

Good gloves can help keep your hands from getting sore, tired, or cold, as well as offer protection in the event of a spill. Off-highway style gloves, available at powersports dealerships, are padded over the knuckles to help prevent bruising, and provide the best combination of protection and comfort.

The recommended protective footwear is a pair of strong, over-the-ankle boots with low heels to help prevent your feet from slipping off the footrests. Off-highway style boots offer the best protection for feet, ankles, and lower legs.

It is important to protect your skin from scratches. A long-sleeved shirt or jersey and long pants are minimum requirements for rider protection. Off-highway riding gear such as off-highway pants with kneepads, jersey, and chest/shoulder protectors provides better protection.


Eye Protection

You must be able to see clearly to ride safely. An object such as a rock, branch, or even a bug that hits you in the face can distract you. If you are hit in the eyes without proper protection, you can be blinded. Regular sunglasses do not provide proper protection while riding an OHV. A face shield or goggles will provide you with more protection.

ATV Students receiving instructions from a coach trainer