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You may encounter hills that are too steep to ascend or descend in a straight line. In that case, you may be able to drive across, or traverse, the slope at an angle. Never attempt to traverse a slope with surfaces that are slippery, rough, or loose.

When traversing, be sure to:

  • Keep both feet on the footrests.
  • Lean uphill.
  • If the terrain is soft, turn your wheels slightly uphill to stay on a straight line. However, turning your wheels too far or too quickly could make your vehicle start to tip or flip over.
  • If your ATV starts to tip, turn downhill. If you can't turn because of obstructions, jump off on the uphill side.
  • Keep your speed steady. Sudden acceleration could tip your ATV.
Traversing a slope on an ATV