At Magna1, we love Powersports and encourage our customers to try them out, but we always prioritize safety. Powersports can be an awesome adrenaline rush that can be a great escape for people. Powersport vehicles include motorcycles, ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), snowmobiles, and PWCs (personal watercraft). The defining feature of Powersports is the use of an engine and handlebars that control the movement of the machine. You can watch Powersports in the X-games, an annual extreme sports event hosted, produced, and broadcasted by ESPN. At Magna1, we want to support you with our premium oil and safety tips for when you take a walk on the wild side with your Powersports.
Motorcycle Safety Tips:
- Take a safety course that will teach you the rules of the road for motorcycles. You will learn the correct actions to take in unexpected riding situations.
- Make sure you wear the appropriate motorcycle gear. Wear a DOT-approved helmet, goggles, leather jacket, leather pants, over-the-ankle boots, and slip-on gloves.
- Carry a first-aid kit just in case of an injury.
- Obey traffic rules, use your signals, drive the speed limit, and stay visible. Drive with your headlights on, even during the day, and wear reflective clothing. You want to make sure the other vehicles on the road can always see you.
ATV Safety Tips:
- Always wear a DOT-approved helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
- Never ride on paved roads with other vehicles. ATVs are designed to be driven off-road.
- Never have extra passengers on a single-rider ATV.
- Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
Snowmobile Safety Tips:
- Take a snowmobile safety course. Many states require a snowmobile certification, and each state has its own rules and regulations. The course will teach you how to ride safely and responsibly and show you the rules.
- Check the weather forecast and the trail conditions to make sure your trail isn’t frozen, the wind chill isn’t too low, and that there is no blizzard with whiteout conditions.
- Avoid frozen rivers because it is impossible to gauge the thickness of the ice.
- Never pull people on anything behind your snowmobile. It is unsafe to pull sleds, skiers, or saucers behind the snowmobile.
PWC Safety Tips:
- Always wear a lifejacket. When wearing a lifejacket, make sure it fits properly. Jackets that are too big can cause the water to push the jacket up, making it harder to float. Jackets that are too small also make it hard to keep you afloat.
- Keep your PWC adequately maintained. Most accidents happen due to equipment failure. Ensure that you properly check cables, fuel and oil levels, and start your engine on land before you hit the water.
- Don’t drink while operating a PWC. Drinking culture is huge on boat days, but PWCs are not a toy, and you should not be impaired when using one.
- Use a jet ski lift when not using a PWC. Marine build-up can get into the inner workings of your jet ski, causing failure during operation. Using a jet ski lift makes sure your PWC stays in good condition when not in use.
We hope you enjoy your Powersports this summer season and ensure you follow all of these safety tips to make sure you don’t get injured. At Magna1, we always have you covered with our no-spill premium oil. Head to our website to check out our 4-stroke Powersports oil. Have fun on the wild side!