Buying An ATV? Four Things You Should Know First

ATVs can be a fun way to explore areas of wilderness that you cannot reach by car. Usually, these four-wheeled modes of transportation are used in the warmer months when it would be difficult for tires to get through soft mud, over rocks, and into high, rough terrain. However, they work just as well over snow, although snowmobiles would be the better choice. If you are considering buying an ATV for the first time, here are a few things you should know first.

Wholesale ATVs Have to Pass Safety Inspections Before They Are Sold

It is not a good idea to buy a privately-owned ATV. You have no idea if this thing would pass a safety inspection. With a dealer, it has to pass a safety inspection or it cannot be put out on the lot for sale.

You Have to Be 21

Because of the dangers of these machines rolling over on you, and how much they weigh, you have to be 21 years of age to buy one. Most reputable full cost and wholesale ATVs dealers will not sell you an ATV unless you can show valid ID as proof of age. You have to be able to drive one of these, just as though you were going to drive a motorcycle, which is why there is a legal age requirement.

You Can Be Busted for Drunk Driving on an ATV

There are several states that have imposed laws for drunkenness and operating any sort of vehicle, including boats and ATVs. If you are going to take your ATV along with you camping, do not decide to ride it through the woods at midnight after you have had a few beers. Cops and park rangers will bust you and write you a ticket if they do not arrest you on the spot. Additionally, if you had your driver's license revoked and think that driving an ATV is the way around this, you will be quite surprised to learn otherwise.

It Does Not Matter How Thick the Ice, Do Not Drive an ATV onto the Lake

Every year, search and rescue teams on the Great Lakes contend with people who thought it was a good idea to drive heavy vehicles onto the ice. What may be safe ice for dropping an ice shanty is not safe for dropping a two- to four-ton truck or heavy ATV. Neither the truck nor the ATV will be able to move fast enough off of the cracking ice before it sinks. Even snowmobiles have to play it safe, despite the fact that a snowmobile has a better chance of escaping a drop into frigid waters.