Summer is the time of year where we like to get outside and make the most of any fine weather. If we’re not heading to the beach, some of us will go camping. Camping is a great experience for all the family and providing a great location is selected, it will be a holiday to remember. A quad bike is the perfect accompaniment to any countryside camping trip and is great for really getting off the beaten track and exploring the local area.
If your quad bike is road legal, you may be able to ride it to the campsite providing it’s not far away but if not, you will probably need a specifically designed trailer that you can hook up to your car. If you’d like to have a look at road legal quad bikes for sale, there are a number of reputable dealers who can help. They will also be able to make recommendations based on your quad driving experience and the terrain you intend to drive on.
As previously mentioned, camping with a quad bike is a great experience but there are a number of things you need to check prior to departure from home:
- Check that your chosen camping spot allows quad bikes
- Make sure that your fun doesn’t impact upon the peace of others
- Make sure your quad’s tyres and brakes are in good condition
- Bring some spare fuel
- Let other people know where you are going on the quad
- Bring water and a tool kit in case of breakdown
- Assume you can drive anywhere you like – farmers and landowners might not appreciate it
- Fall foul of any bylaws preventing access to vehicles – e.g. – some beaches and bridle paths
- Take more passengers than the machine is recommended for
- Abandon any usual safety equipment just because you are away (helmet, gloves, long trousers)
- Drink and Drive
Although many of the above points are obvious, it’s easy to throw caution to the wind whilst on holiday or when away for a few days break. A camping holiday should be memorable for all the right reasons.
Basic Knowledge of the Machine
The last thing you want to do on holiday is pay someone to recover your quad bike because you don’t know how to perform basic repairs or change a tyre. Your local quad bike dealer should be able to give you a brief overview of the toolkit that came with the quad and how to use the tools if you have to. If you can actually move the quad in the event of a puncture or breakdown, be sure to move it somewhere where it doesn’t impede the access of vehicles or pedestrians.
Although these All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) are built to be durable, you will need to follow a maintenance schedule issued by your dealer to ensure optimum performance. If you take care of the machine and service it regularly, it should be fit for purpose for years to come and perhaps even bring a decent return on your investment should you choose to upgrade some time in the future.
This article is published in partnership with Mediabuzzer