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Some types of OHVs make great utility vehicles because they can tow heavy loads a lot easier than you can carry them. To avoid damaging the load or injuring yourself and others, always use the proper equipment and position the load correctly.

  • Use a rigid hitch when towing anything. If you’re pulling a cargo trailer or wagon, use a tow bar to keep the trailer from ramming into your OHV.
  • Load the cargo to maintain the lowest possible center of gravity. Distribute the load along the bed of a trailer instead of piling it up. Also, secure the load so that it won’t shift when you turn or brake.
  • When slowing, downshift and use the engine to help slow the vehicle. Do not brake suddenly. On slippery surfaces, downshift and apply brakes equally (if equipped with dual brakes) and lightly.
  • When descending a hill, always shift to a lower gear.
ATV hauling cattle feed
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