How to Be Safe on a Dirt Bike

by Lauren Griffin
Wearing protective gear is one way to be safer on a dirt bike.

Wearing protective gear is one way to be safer on a dirt bike.

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The thrill of speeding over challenging terrain, breathing fresh air and taking in the views of the wilderness make riding a dirt bike a popular sport for outdoor adventurers, as well as adrenaline junkies. But this sport can also be very dangerous. By paying attention to safety and learning some basic precautions, it is easier to have a blast and keep yourself out of harm's way.

Step 1

Wear standard safety gear. A good safety tip to remember is: dress for the crash, not the ride. Wearing a helmet, goggles, a mouth guard, neck brace, chest and back protector and knee braces will help protect your body in an accident. Wear protective clothes specifically designed for dirt bike riding, like a jersey, pants, gloves and boots that will be less likely to get caught in the machinery of your bike.

Step 2

Keep your dirt bike safe with regular maintenance. Having a professional mechanic look at your bike can help you avoid any mechanical or body problems that can lead to a dangerous accident. Before every ride, check the bike to make sure everything is in working order, including the tires and brakes, and examine the body to make sure nothing is obviously wrong.

Step 3

Take riding lessons. Trained professionals and expert riders will help you learn important safety maneuvers and proper techniques, including how to minimize the severity of an accident. With basic skills, you will be less like to make a mistake that can lead to an accident that causes severe injury.

Step 4

Never ride alone. Having a buddy hit the trails with you ensures that if something does happen to you, your friend can get help.

Step 5

Ride at your level. Do not zip around at dangerous speeds, fly over jumps or attempt intricate stunts that are above your skill level. Stick to jumps and tricks that you are comfortable with and that you can handle. Work your way up to bigger jumps and more challenging terrain.

Step 6

Ride on well-marked, frequently used trails. Marked trails are usually maintained frequently and more likely to be void of dangerous holes, fences, debris and ditches. Knowing the trail you are riding can also help you ride more safely. For instance, a trail with loose sand and sharp turns will require slower speeds and precise turning, and knowing where those spots are will help you manage them better.

Step 7

Pay attention to your surroundings. Stay alert and note other riders, the conditions of the trails, animals or other details that help avoid accidents. For example, by assessing a narrow trail with loose sand, sharp turns, and lots of riders, you'll know to ride slower and be more careful with your turns.

About the Author

Lauren Griffin began writing professionally in 2010. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in academics, food and other lifestyle topics. Griffin attended Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

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