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Riding Single File With a Group

  • Leave adequate space between vehicles, and maintain a safe speed. If the rider in front of you suddenly applies the brakes, you should be far enough behind to stop or maneuver in time to avoid a collision.
  • Calculate safe distances using a reaction time of at least three seconds. As the vehicle in front of you passes an object, count one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, and one-thousand-three. If you pass that same object in less than three seconds, you should allow more space.
  • Be sure everyone performs a pre-ride inspection. Your brakes and brake lights may work, but your safety also depends on the other riders.
  • Be sure everyone in the group knows the proper hand signals for turning, slowing down, and stopping. These simple hand signals can prevent serious accidents.
  • If you’re not in a group and someone is tailgating you, let him or her pass.
ATVs riding in single file on a trail

Using the Buddy System

  • Use the “buddy system”— make each rider responsible for keeping track of another person.
  • Ride in a group of two or more.
  • Plan your ride, and leave a copy of your plan at home or with a friend.