What Is The Fuss About Safety Gear?
We hope that by the end of this page, you will have a better understanding about safety gear and its importance.
In today's society, we have a greater awareness of protecting ourselves and our children from possible injury. We use helmets, elbow, and knee pads for bicycling, we wear helmets for down-hill skiing and horseback riding, seat-belt use is almost mandatory now.
And yet, we don't always protect ourselves when riding Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV).
OHVs are well designed to travel over rough and uneven terrain. They have a high clearance, great suspension, tires designed for loose traction, and many other features. But no matter how well the machine is designed to keep you safe, rough terrain is, well rough. There is no fool-proof piece of engineering that will always keep you safe. Wearing safety gear is an important way of keeping you even safer.
Set a good example
Remember, you as parents, set the standards for your kids to wear their gear. Start by setting a good example and always wearing your gear, even to use your ATV to get the mail.
Keep the helmets near your machines and the keys far away. Make it easy for your kids to get to and into their safety gear. And make it difficult for them to get the keys to start ATVs and the smaller dirt bikes. Make a rule that they can't get on and move their bikes unless they are wearing a helmet. Make a helmet as much of a sure thing as wearing a seat belt in a car.
Most Important Pieces of Safety Gear
The first three most important pieces of safety gear are:
Always wear a helmet. There is a lot more focus on concussions these days. While the largest sources of concussions are still school sports such as soccer, football, and hockey, OHV riding is another area where concussions can occur. Make sure your prevent them if possible, by wearing a helmet.
And besides, there are a lot of cool designs out there for helmets so you can show your cool style by your helmet selection. And it keeps the bugs, trees, sippy water, etc off of your face.
Check out our Helmet page for information regarding fit, size, when to replace them, and all things helmet related.
The other basic pieces of safety gear are:
- Eye protection
- Long sleeved shirt
- Over-the-ankle boots
The above pieces are the 'don't ride without them pieces' or the minimum that you should have to start riding. You don't have to buy the specialized gear for your very first ride, but there are advantages to that gear. We will talk about those advantages on our Gear page.
There are other items of gear that are very helpful when riding. They are:
- Neck brace
- Neck roll
- Chest protector
- Elbow pads
- Knee pads or braces
- Kidney belt
- Mouth guard