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Learn to be responsible while driving ATVs

It's heady. It's fun. It may be addictive. We are talking about ATV driving. The thrill of driving through rugged, off-the-road terrain is something that ATV fans find irresistible. Way out, where there is another human being in sight, is where the ATV trails are. Authentic, ATVs are also used on farms where they're used as resources in agriculture and farming than for fun. But what a lot of ATV users that are into it for sport don't understand is bad ATVs can be as far as nature goes. What the environmentalists say must be taken.

When used too can cause a lot of harm that is ecological, ATV trails. How can this happen when you take your game to the back of beyond areas? It's the threads in the ATV tires that do the damage. While they are great for driving around on rough terrain, they dig deep channels in the trails, which could drain swampy areas and therefore cause more sedimentation of water bodies. So ATV fans got together and formed groups to try and sort out this problem. There were special areas that they purchased and reserved only for ATV driving.

They also chose to educate ATV drivers about how to be responsible and respect the environment. One of the forerunners in this effort was Tread Lightly! , a nonprofit organization that's devoted to educating people on how to treat nature. It was born in 1985 when a program was launched by the US Forest Service to address the problem of recreation visitors to the forests growing to unmanageable numbers. This became personal in 1990 and Trod Lightly! I came into being a nonprofit organization.

For ATV drivers, Tread Lightly! Has a brochure with guidelines under travel and recreate with minimum impact'. Let's take a look. The first one, obviously, is to remain within the areas open for ATV use. There are designated today, and you can find out where they are and have the time of your life there. Bear in mind that when there are ATV paths, use the clutch so that you get the traction and moderate your throttle. When on switchbacks, don't roost around the apex of a turn. This should be kept in mind when you are brake-sliding while descending or climbing as both actions can gouge ATV trails. Streams should be crossed where ATV trails cross the streams or at the fording points. Try not to push in areas or in meadows.

Keep your equipment in good shape and when winching, find a secure anchor, find the right winch for the ideal need and do not winch with anything less than five wraps of wire rope wound around the drum. If you are using a tree, avoid damaging the tree by wrapping a tree strap around it. Also, try not to make too much noise and disrupting nature's silence. Use regular camping sites and make sure you camp at least 200 feet away from water bodies and paths. Dispose of waste properly by burying it six to eight feet deep and use fire when necessary.

They have some more guidelines, and they are recorded under the heading' Respect the environment and the rights of others.' Here, you are asked to be considerate of everyone else on the road or the road and to ride where you're allowed to. You should respect private land and leave the gates as you found them. Respect the right of way when someone passes you or is traveling and give way to hikers, horses and mountain bikers. Don't kick up dust — literally — and keep the level down. And pack out whatever you pack in.

There are more guidelines that come under'Educate yourself by planning before you go.' It lets you get a map before you venture out and determine where the ATV trails are. It is always safe to tell someone about your travel plans and to adhere to the plans you make. Make it a point to get in touch with the land manager and ask about closures, area restrictions, and permit requirements. Ask for permission before you cross private land. Keep your eye on the weather and keep a couple of emergency items with you in case of emergencies. Try not to go but get two or three together to journey with. Wear protection — a helmet, eye, and other safety equipment. In the event, you do arrange meeting points in advance. Keep a sharp eye on your fuel, your time, and your own skill. Don't drink or do drugs and drive. Be in control of the vehicle, and be sure it is in top condition. Keep tools and supplies in case they are needed by you

ATV Trails can be fun if you take a few precautions and wear appropriate safety gear designed for ATVs. Respect the road, and then you'll find you have a blast in return.