How to Properly Social Distance While Riding ATV Trails
Like the majority, you've been under stay at home orders for some time. While you're easing out of quarantine as restrictions are lifted and getting back to ATV riding, it's important to not forget about social distancing. If you have your own property, you'll be able to get out for a ride whenever you'd like without worry. However, if you're like most people, you rely on public trails to ride your ATV. Sure, you'll be outdoors, but there are still a few necessary precautions you'll need to take to protect yourself and others. Here are a few ways in which you can social distance yourself without sacrificing the joys of ATV riding.
Avoid Injury at All Costs!
While safety is #1, it's more important than ever to keep yourself out of the hospital. With COVID-19 patients in just about every hospital, you don't want to risk exposure. So, wear that helmet and the right apparel for riding. Give your ATV a good inspection before heading out. Most important of all, if you're not feeling 100%, try going another day. If you're already feeling under the weather, you don't need to be around others until you're better.
Preparedness in the Essentials
Do you have enough fuel for the day? What about food and water? You'll want to steer clear of gas stations on your way to the trails to keep yourself protected. Fuel up your ATV a few days before and pack enough food and water to stave off hunger and thirst during your ride. If you absolutely must enter a convenience store, wear your mask, and make the trip a quick one.
Some municipalities will impose fines on group gatherings, making it hard to get together with your buddies. If you feel confident about the trails, consider going alone. The only people that should accompany you are your spouse, kids, or other immediate family members. Even if these people were to accompany you, they too would need to abide by social distancing protocols.
Back Off Other Riders
If you see other ATV riders on the trails, do your best to stay at least 6 feet from them. Only pass them if you're able to maintain this type of distance. If someone seems to be riding too closely, pull off to the side to let them pass.
Robert Frost the Trip
You know that "take the road less travelled" poem? Follow that philosophy here. You'll encounter far less riders and won't have to really deal with distancing from them. Be sure to stay on public access trails and roads so you don't risk receiving a fine for trespassing on private property. Before you leave home, take time to research the area you intend to ride to make sure it hasn't been closed off. Planning will save you the trouble of driving all the way to a closed trail.
While these precautions may hinder your would-be plans for this year, you can still make the most out of it! These simply curb the way you've known ATV riding, but they won't ruin the fun. If you're working from home, getting out to the trails will clear your head and relieve built-in stress. A change in pace might be just what you need to return to work feeling refreshed. Riding is exciting after all, which produces endorphins to boost your mood. We all need that right now! Don't let the small number of cons outweigh these pros. The best thing about following these guidelines is that you're actively keeping yourself, your family, and others safe. So, what are you waiting for? Get to the trails!