Using Courtesy While Driving An Atv

Using Courtesy While Driving an​ ATV 
Since its introduction​ to​ the public in​ the 1970's, those who ride All-Terrain​ Vehicles (ATVs) have had to​ deal with a​ number of​ issues regarding their behavior .​
Some of​ these issues deal with safety, while others deal with rider's behavior towards sharing trails and​ those whose land​ they trespass on​ .​
Many drivers irresponsibly disregard laws that prohibit the use of​ ATVs in​ certain​ areas .​
Because of​ this, hundreds of​ trails have been designated as​ safe and​ legal places for​ ATV riders to​ use .​
As with all forms of​ vehicular travel, there are a​ number of​ rules, both implied and​ legislated, which have been developed to​ ensure the safety of​ those who drive ATVs .​
Regardless of​ why someone is​ using a​ trail, it​ is​ important to​ remember that all trail users are responsible for​ watching and​ listening for​ others .​
this​ should result in​ those who use trails actively looking and​ listening for​ others, as​ opposed to​ merely reacting when someone or​ something comes their way .​
this​ approach will go a long way towards preventing the accidents and​ misunderstandings that can take place on​ the trails .​
It is​ generally accepted that traveling on​ the right side of​ the trail removes indecision​ about the proper side on​ which to​ pass .​
if​ you​ need to​ pass on​ the left for​ one reason​ or​ another, always ask for​ and​ get permission​ before you​ do so .​
Make sure that you​ are able to​ slow down significantly and​ use caution​ at​ all curves and​ junctions .​
While riding an​ ATV is​ not the time that you​ want to​ experience a​ surprise! Surprises are never safe - regardless of​ what type of​ vehicle you​ happen to​ be riding!  
if​ you​ should encounter a​ horse while you​ are riding your​ ATV, always yield to​ the horse and​ rider .​
Go out of​ your​ way to​ make sure that the horse has seen and​ heard you​ .​
in​ addition, you​ will want to​ give the horse adequate room to​ pass you​ on​ the trail .​
Remember that motorized recreation​ vehicles, such as​ ATVs, can usually be heard coming, and​ the horse rider may be well out of​ the way .​
if​ not, be courteous, and​ shut off your​ motor .​
Then allow the rider to​ get a​ safe distance beyond you​ before you​ start it​ back up again​ .​
if​ you​ happen to​ notice that a​ horse is​ becoming edgy, nervous, or​ agitated, always turn off your​ engine .​
Then ask the rider what you​ can do to​ make the situation​ better for​ him and​ the horse.   
Unfortunately, the great majority of​ responsible riders have had their reputation​ negatively affected by those who do not follow the rules of​ the trails and​ who do not take the necessary time to​ be courteous .​
Simple courtesy and​ respect for​ others and​ their property will discourage riders of​ ATVs from riding on​ non-designated trails, or​ from using other's private land​ without permission. this​ type of​ responsible thinking will also prevent riders from driving their ATV under the influence of​ alcohol or​ drugs .​
a​ number of​ accidents happen each year because of​ this​ unfortunate behavior .​
if​ you​ are planning riding your​ ATV on​ a​ trail designed for​ ATV use, keep in​ mind that there is​ always a​ good chance that you​ may encounter someone who is​ using the trail for​ a​ purpose other than the driving of​ ATVs .​
in​ these situations, it​ is​ best to​ give others the respect that you​ desire from them .​
Be active in​ your​ effort to​ hear and​ see other who is​ on​ your​ trails .​
When you​ do encounter them, always yield .​

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