Responsible Atv Driving

Responsible Atv Driving

It’s heady. It’s fun. it​ can be addictive. We’re talking about ATV driving. The thrill of​ driving through rugged, off-the-road terrain​ is​ something that most ATV lovers find irresistible. Way out, where there is​ hardly another human being in​ sight, away from the madding crowds is​ where the ATV trails are. True, ATVs are also used as​ utility vehicles on​ farms where they are used more as​ tools in​ agriculture and​ farming than for​ fun. But what a​ lot of​ ATV users who are into it​ for​ sport probably don’t know is​ how bad ATVs can be as​ far as​ nature goes. What the environmentalists say should be taken seriously.

ATV trails when used excessively can do a​ lot of​ ecological harm. How does this​ happen, especially when you​ take your​ sport to​ the back of​ beyond areas? It’s the deep threads in​ the ATV tires that do the damage. While they are great for​ driving around on​ rough terrain, they dig deep channels in​ the unpaved trails, which could drain​ swampy areas and​ therefore cause more sedimentation​ of​ water bodies. So ATV lovers got together and​ formed groups to​ try and​ sort out this​ problem. There were special areas which they purchased and​ reserved only for​ ATV driving.

They also decided to​ educate ATV drivers about how be responsible and​ respect the environment. One of​ the forerunners in​ this​ effort was Tread Lightly!, a​ non-profit organization​ which is​ dedicated to​ educating people how to​ treat nature responsibly. it​ was born in​ 1985 when a​ program was launched by the US Forest Service to​ address the problem of​ recreation​ visitors to​ the forests growing to​ unmanageable numbers. this​ became private in​ 1990 and​ Tread Lightly! came into being as​ a​ non​ profit organization.

for​ ATV drivers, Tread Lightly! has a​ brochure with guidelines under ‘Travel and​ recreate with minimum impact’. Let’s take a​ quick look at​ them. The first one, of​ course, is​ to​ stay within​ the areas open only for​ ATV use. There are designated trails today and​ you​ can find out where they are and​ have the time of​ your​ life there. Remember that when there are slick ATV trails, use the clutch so you​ get the maximum traction​ with the least amount of​ tailspin​ and​ moderate your​ throttle. Don’t roost around the apex of​ a​ turn when on​ switchbacks. this​ should be kept in​ mind when you​ are brake-sliding while descending or​ climbing as​ both actions can gouge ATV trails. Streams should be crossed only where ATV trails cross the streams or​ at​ the designated fording points. Try not to​ drive in​ marshy areas or​ in​ meadows.

Keep your​ equipment in​ good shape and​ when winching, find a​ secure anchor, find the right winch for​ the right need and​ don’t winch with anything less than five wraps of​ wire rope wound around the drum. if​ you​ are using a​ tree as​ an​ anchor, avoid damaging the tree by wrapping a​ wide tree strap around it. Also try not to​ make too much of​ a​ noise and​ disrupting the silence of​ nature around you. Use regular camping sites and​ make sure you​ camp at​ least 200 feet away from water bodies and​ trails. Dispose of​ waste properly by burying it​ six to​ eight feet deep and​ use fire only when necessary.

They have some more guidelines and​ they are listed under the heading ‘Respect the environment and​ the rights of​ others’. Here, you​ are asked to​ be considerate of​ everyone else on​ the trail or​ the road and​ to​ ride only where you​ are allowed to. you​ should respect private land​ and​ leave the gates as​ you​ found them. Respect the right of​ way when someone passes you​ or​ is​ traveling uphill and​ give way to​ hikers, horses and​ mountain​ bikers. Don’t kick up a​ dust – literally – and​ keep the decibel level down. and​ pack out whatever you​ pack in.

There are still more guidelines that come under ‘Educate yourself by planning before you​ go’. it​ tells you​ to​ get yourself a​ map before you​ venture out and​ determine where the ATV trails are. it​ is​ always safe to​ tell someone about your​ travel plans and​ to​ stick to​ the plans you​ make. Make it​ a​ point to​ get in​ touch with the land​ manager and​ ask about closures, area restrictions and​ permit requirements. Always ask for​ permission​ before you​ cross private land. Keep an​ eye on​ the weather and​ keep a​ few emergency items with you​ in​ case of​ emergencies. Try not to​ go solo but get together two or​ three to​ travel with. Wear protection​ – a​ helmet, eye and​ other safety gear. in​ case you​ do separate, arrange meeting points in​ advance. Keep a​ sharp eye on​ your​ fuel, your​ time and​ your​ own ability. Don’t drink or​ do drugs and​ drive. Be always in​ control of​ the vehicle and​ make sure it​ is​ in​ top condition. Keep tools and​ supplies in​ case you​ need them

ATV Trails can be great fun if​ you​ take a​ few precautions. Respect the trail and​ the you’ll find you​ have a​ blast in​ return.

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