Preparing for a Ride
A safe and enjoyable ride begins with good planning and
preparation. Always ride with at least one other person in case you
have trouble, and let someone know where you’re going and when
you expect to return.
Before riding in an unfamiliar area, find out in advance if you need
special permits, get maps so you can study the terrain, and talk to
other riders who know the area. The Forest Service and the Bureau
of Land Management, riding clubs, and off-road magazines are
good sources of information.
Along with your ATV and riding gear, you should take along some
tools and supplies in case you have a problem. For some of the
difficulties you might encounter, see Taking Care of the Unexpected,
which begins on page 161.
We recommend that you always take water, food, a first aid kit, and
your owner’s manual. Other items you should consider loading on
your truck or trailer include:
• a tool kit
• tire repair supplies and tools, and tires
• extra parts, control levers, cables, and spark plugs
• wire, duct tape, and rope
• extra gasoline
For safety, all refueling should be done at a gas station on the way
to the riding area or at your base camp.
What to Take to the Riding Area
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