Simple safety tips for ATV use during hunting season
Fall is here. The leaves are changing colour, the air is crisp, and the scenery is perfect for a ride in the woods. It’s also hunting season in Newfoundland and Labrador. Whether you’re riding for fun or using your ATV as part of your hunting excursion, it’s important to go over some quick tips to stay safe.
- If you are in the woods during hunting season, always wear fluorescent colours.
- Share a clear itinerary of your trip with friends and loved ones, including your time of departure and return. If possible, include GPS coordinates within this information.
- Pack enough food, water, and safety items for the duration of your stay, and then some.
- Wear a helmet. It’s one of the easiest ways to be safe.
- Never fire your weapon from an ATV or carry loaded firearms on your ATV.
- Does your ATV match your height and weight? Accidents can easily occur when a vehicle is too large for the operator.
- Slow down or stop when approaching others on the trail, and proceed to pass in a safe and courteous manner.
- Consider what you’re hauling on your ATV. Extra weight and equipment throw off the balance of the vehicle, making it easier to tip. Never overload your rack boxes or the bed of your ATV.
- If your ATV is a single-rider ATV, do not carry passengers.
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- Stick to existing trails as much as possible.
- Avoid wet areas or waterways.
- Know and understand the meaning of trail signs and vehicle symbols.
- At night, make sure you have headlights or a light bar.
- Know vehicle regulations for NL and where you’re permitted to ride.