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ATV Etiquette - 10 Tip-Top Rules

Not everyone who shares the road is a respectful rider. Midwest Traction put together 10 Tip-Top Etiquette Bits to make sure all our riders represent the ATV community respectfully. 

10. Down with the Dust

If you're riding in residential areas where the road shoulder is gravel, it's common practice to keep your tires on the pavement. Kicking dust up through neighborhoods won't invite a welcome back. This rule applies at many campgrounds as well. Save the dust clouds for gravel roads. 

9. Revless

The appeal of revving that engine and speeding off appeals to many riders, but please, save it for the country. No one is that impressed by the vroom-vroom of your engine, and we can guarantee it's not going to get that girl to give you attention. 

8. Respectful Riders

Nature is beautiful. ATVs allow for more exploration in areas that you may not get to on foot or even other adventure vehicles. Be respectful of the land; it's not there to be torn up by your tires. Stick to designated trails or follow one set of existing ATV tire tracks. 

7. Signal

Don't leave other drivers guessing; clearly communicate your intentions well in advance to avoid accidents. 

6. Don't Cut Corners

Private property should be left alone, and highways should be crossed in proper fashion. Failure to abide by these rules could result in arrest or injury.

5. Respect Existing Restrictions

Many trails have width restrictions when they encounter public land. Gates are put in place to prevent land destruction and vehicle damage. If your machine won't fit, locate another designated trail meant for your size. 

4. Pull Over and Park

When stowing your vehicle, make sure it's in the appropriate, designated location. If you're unsure, ask. Don't park it in the middle of a sidewalk, driveway, lawn, or other publicly used space not intended specifically for your vehicle. 

3. Follow the Signs

Road markers and signposts are placed for everyone's safety. These indicate danger, recommend caution, and place restrictions on riders for their safety and the safety of others, Please respect these. 

2. Scoot Over

Trails can get a bit narrow, especially when they're two-directional and other riders approach. Be courteous; scoot to the side to let them pass. Same for riders moving at a faster clip than your party. Warn other riders if the terrain ahead is not what they should reasonably expect to be. 

1. Don't Leave Children Unattended

Your ATV is not a substitute for your parental duties. Make sure children are being watched and taught proper etiquette, especially in campground settings where everyone shares the same space. Be kind, be respectful, and enjoy your ride. 

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