How to make the most of your four-wheeler


 

All-terrain vehicles or ATVs have become essential pieces of equipment for outdoor lovers looking for their next adventure where they can explore everything from caves to remote country scenery. ATVs can travel off the beaten road, up and down hills and valleys, between trees and large rocks, through mud and even shallow water.

However, they could also be very dangerous if not used the right way. Additionally, according to experts, not knowing how to use these devices correctly can cause premature damage, and this would prevent you from getting the most out of your ATV. That’s why, besides including some tips about the coolest accessories, I will also add some tips on how to ride your vehicle safely.

The first thing I want you to know is that you have to inspect the ATV every time you want to take it for a spin. A general check-up should be enough, especially if you have it revised by an expert from time to time. Look at the tires for any signs of distress, and make sure you have enough oil and that your brakes work fine.

If you have time, I would also suggest checking the lights and the electrics, as those can be quite sensitive to damage. And, of course, always fill up your fuel tank before going on a new adventure, as you wouldn’t want to run out of it halfway to your destination. That would be a bummer, especially in a remote area.

My next trick is for the wildlife and outdoor lover. If you want to make the most out of your four-wheeler, go on as many trips as possible with it. And to save a ton of cash, just buy yourself a high-quality tent.

There are plenty of guides on the Internet to help you choose a quality one, so do yourself a favor and check them out. I remember my life changed when I bought my huge tent and a big storage bag for my ATV. With just those two items I traveled for three months without spending a dime on accommodation and small things like water and snacks, since I could store those in my bag.

Other accessories you could invest in are a water-resistant cover, which will protect the vehicle even in snow and rain, and a snow plow which will save you every time winter comes unexpectedly. Add an extensible cup holder to the mix, if you are like me and enjoy a hot beverage while on the road.

For the last advice, I will have to digress and go back to your brakes. Excuse me if I am a bit obsessed with them, but I think being safe at all times means you will enjoy your ATV whenever you are on top of it. Make sure they aren’t worn out, as that will prevent you from efficiently stopping when you absolutely have to. Have an expert check them out because if the brakes on your ATV are compromised, so are you.