Are you being safe when you ride your ATV this fall? Hopefully, if you plan to ride your snowmobile this winter, you will keep safety in mind as well. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, an unnamed victim lost his life while riding his all-terrain vehicle. Near Pittsburgh, in Beaver County, an ATV driver passed away after he drove his vehicle off a trail and into a pond. The site of the crash was in an old mining area, where the victim was not with the rest of the group of riders that he had started off with. Unfortunately, he was trapped under the vehicle for an extended period of time before the emergency response teams could get him out. Our sympathies go out to the victim and his/her family.
- Check your TIRES - You should always check to make sure your tires are fully inflated to manufacturer's specifications. Usually this information is on the inside the driver's side door.
- Check your BRAKES - A mechanic should be able to do an evaluation of the brake pads and braking system to ensure that they are working properly.
- Check your FLUID LEVELS - You should always check your oil, windshield washer fluid, and transmission fluid. However, you should also be aware of your coolant levels.
- Check your BATTERY - A battery that is not working properly may result in you being stranded this winter.
- Check your WINDSHIELD WIPERS - If your windshield wipers are not properly clearing the windshield you may have an obstructed view of what's ahead.
- Put together an EMERGENCY KIT containing a cell phone, a heavy blanket, gloves, salt/sand, a flashlight, water and non-perishable food.