When it comes to helmets, the decision to wear one can be a matter of life or death in the event of a bad spill. So obviously a helmet is the single most important piece of riding gear an OHV enthusiast can wear. Those of us who always wear helmets often wonder what the problem is with folks who refuse to do so. Modern helmets are actually very comfortable and lightweight, providing the rider with a lot of confidence and protection from the elements. Many off-road helmets are also vented, so getting too hot is no longer a valid excuse for not wearing one. Of course, if you happen to be riding in an area where it’s against the law to ride without a helmet, well you aren’t going to have a choice!
Everyone wants to have the most possible fun on an ATV. ATVs, dirt bikes, and side-by-sides provide a great deal of fun, but, when operated improperly, can be dangerous. Accidents on ATV's can ruin your experience, and leave a rider hurt. I have witnessed accidents, and I can say almost all of ATV accidents could have been avoided if people had followed some basic rules and used common sense. ATV's can roll over or flip over if operated improperly. The following list of safety principles should help get you started.