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 Slopes With UTVs
Since the occupants of UTVs cannot effectively transfer their weight during operation, you should only traverse slopes that have low angles. Traversing a steep slope is likely to cause a rollover.