What You Should Know Before Buying an ATV

By: Scottie Hunter Email
By: Scottie Hunter Email

They come in all shapes and sizes...some even look like toys... but they're not.

"There's quite a few things that people need to be aware of."

For starters, this sound mean it's a vehicle and Dothan Powersports owner Don Owens says it should be treated that way.

"There are age guidelines that are set up by the consumer product safety commission and we're obligated to stick to those guidelines when people come in wanting to purchase an ATV for these different age children."

And that's just one thing but the list goes on.

One of the most important things for people to remember when purchasing or riding an ATV is that they're not street legal and that means they don't belong on a busy highway like this one.

"The manufacturer recommends that you ride in a recommended ATV riding park or an off-road riding park or if you have land you could use. Primarily get out to enjoy yourself but also obey the street laws."

Once you're riding in the right spot, you need to worry about safety.

"It's not a lot of fun to put that helmet on, especially when it's so hot, but that helmet can save your life. There's no question. So every time you get on that ATV you need to put that helmet on to protect that head."

But that's not the only thing that can protect you while riding.

"Long shirt...good hard-soled shoes if possible. These are the things that you need to try to remember to do when you're riding an ATV.
And every now and again, you need to tak eyour ATV in for a check-up to make sure it's functioning properly.

"At least once a year the unit needs to be gone over and maintained if it's used recreationally on an occassional basis."

And after you've gone through this checklist, you're ready to ride... in Dothan, Scottie Hunter, WTVY News 4.

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