The biggest risks you face while driving an ATV are rollovers and collisions. We greatly reduce the former risk by using new-model ATVs that have a lower center of gravity and are far less likely to roll over. Furthermore, ATV Roatan guides are experts at leading off-road tours and making sure everyone drives their vehicles safely.
In our tours, kids younger than 16 years are not allowed ride an ATV. Besides it's not legal to drive at such a young age, ATVs can be too large for smaller kids to handle safely, and require taking quick decisions in response to changes in the environment that children are not mature enough to handle.
To safely enjoy our Roatan ATV thrills, here are some eight basic ATV riding safety tips that anyone who does ride an ATV in Roatan should follow before and during riding:
- Wear all recommended protective equipment (helmet and goggles) when riding.
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Riders younger than 16 cannot drive on their own; ATVs are not toys.
- Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
- Follow your guide who knows the area where you will be riding.
- Know the limits of what you can and cannot do, don't ride beyond your ability or perform stunts and tricks you have no business doing.
- Tired? Stop Riding. ATV riding can be a workout sometimes, so don't exceed your body limits.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Bumps are fun but when you hit one unexpectedly you can get bounced right off your ride. Look out for critters jumping out in front of your riding path and be cognizant of other riding parties.
The tips above are obvious, and they are obvious for a reason. Most, if not all, are practically unwritten rules in the ATV world.
The safety of our guests is always a priority and most of these basic rules for ATV riding factor in safety for you and others.
Also, it's a good idea to keep in mind any other instructions your guide should provide for riding an ATV in our park trails.