8 Important All Terrain Vehicle Safety Tips

ATVs, or All Terrain Vehicles are often involved in serious injury accidents. Many times the accident is caused by improper safety training of the operator of the ATV. Tragically, serious injury is not the only result of an All Terrain Accident, fatal incidents are all too common. ATVs, also known as off road vehicles include a variety of vehicles, from a dune buggy to a mini bike, and may also include motorcycles as well as Jeeps and some modified trucks. Intended for extreme sporting, and adventurous fun, ATVs can bring tragic situations. Proper training and being educated about safety can help keep riders and drivers safe.

1. Be aware of the local laws of the area in which you are riding. Do not operate the ATV where it is not lawful to do so. Laws vary greatly, so being well informed can help to keep participants safe.

2 Never drink and drive, no matter what kind of vehicle you are operating. This includes off roading as well, whether you are on public or private roads, the law is the same.

3. Be sure you know your vehicle. The manufacturer’s product information informs you about the particulars of your ATV. Get training on your specific vehicle. Practice all facets of how to operate your vehicle, from acceleration to turning, stopping and overall operation.

4. Know how to fix any minor problems. Keep some parts on hand in case you need to replace or repair if you have a minor breakdown.

5. Learn how to avoid tipping over. Tip overs are one of the major causes of ATV injuries and death. Check with local dealerships, many offer driving classes for new riders.

6. Be sure to keep your vehicle clean and insure that all maintenance is done in a timely manner. Never operate an ATV that is broken or needs repairs that have not been done.

7. Go through a safety check each time before you take the vehicle out.

8. Do not go ATVing alone, always be sure you are part of a group. If you should have an accident while riding alone, you may become incapacitated and unable to seek help.

Participating in the sport of using All Terrain Vehicles can be lots of fun. However; there is a reason that they have the reputation of being dangerous. They are not only potentially dangerous, they can be deadly. Each year, children and adults alike are injured and/or killed while riding in ATVs. Some of these accidents are caused by improper use or ignorance, but many times it has been found that the cause of a deadly ATV accident has been a problem with the ATV itself. If that may be the case, you will need the services of an experienced ATV lawsuit attorney.

Contact The Law of Jeffrey S. Dawson today at 949/861-2191 for a free consultation to discuss your personal injury case. Jeff Dawson is a uniquely qualified personal injury lawyer. He has worked on the other side, as well – for the insurance firms, and knows how they think. If you have been involved in an ATV accident where you have suffered injuries, contact the law offices of Jeffrey S. Dawson to discuss your potential lawsuit settlement.

Tips to Make Your Golf Cart Tires Last Twice As Long

Tired of ordering expensive replacement golf cart tires every season due to tread wear? Tired of having your tires losing their traction and “stickiness”? Tired of having dry looking tires wrapped up on your clean aftermarket wheels? No… there is no punchline here pitching you a magical product to increase the life of your golf cart tires. We are wish there was.

But what we can offer you, free of charge, are these 4 great tips for getting the most out of your golf cart tires; whether your tires are turf / street tires, all terrain tires or off road tires. Read on for tips that can save you money and keep your tires looking fresh longer!

Check Your Air Pressure
This is a simple, but commonly overlooked practice. We know, we know… you would much rather be out conquering the next dirt trail or gravel pathway with your ride than sitting in your garage (like a nerd) ensuring the proper pressure has been established in your golf cart tires. But trust us when we say that checking your tire pressure every few weeks can help you conquer more terrain on a smaller tire budget.

It is best to check your tires when they are cold (before driving your cart) as driving the cart before checking will heat up your tires and give you a false, higher tire pressure reading. It is wise to check your tire pressure once a month (every 3 to 4 weeks) because 1 pound of air pressure or more can be lost each month due to permeation resulting in lower gas mileage and additional / uneven tire wear. Even more permeation than this can occur in the warmer months of the year.

Tires that are under-inflated run hotter than those that are properly inflated due to excess room for air expansion in the under-filled tire. Over inflating a golf cart tire, on the other hand, can cause tire blow outs at higher operational temperatures.

You don’t trust strangers… right? Good. Don’t trust the strange tire pressure gauge at the gas station or club house. Those things are about as useful as scraping your knee in the parking lot. Get yourself a good tire pressure gauge (they are only a few bucks). Use it on ALL your vehicles and start realizing better gas mileage and less wear. It’s un-American not to do it.

Check your Camber
Walk to the front of your glorious golf cart, turn around and stare back at the modern marvel you have worked so feverishly on. After you snap a few art-museum worthy photos and posted them to Facebook (wait until you get at least 3 likes), take a second to observe the camber of your golf cart. Camber is the angle of tilt the tire shows toward or away from the frame of your golf cart. If your tires slant inwards — (with the tops closer together than the bottoms, like a school child holding in the need to go to the bathroom) — your tread will wear away on the inner portion of the tire first. If the tops of the tires tip outwards then the opposite is true and there will be more wear on the outside of the tire.

Golf Cart Wheel and Tire Alignment Reference Guide

The Golf Cart Wheel and Tire Alignment Reference

Keeping your golf cart wheels and tires aligned is important for ride performance, ride quality, tire wear and ease of use. Your alignment gets thrown off through the course of regular use (hitting rough terrain, curbs and pot holes), through the extended amount of miles driven and through the installation of custom wheel and tire sizes.

Lining up your golf cart’s alignment is not rocket science though. Our three step quick-guide below will teach you what you need to know to get your wheels and tires lined up, to adjust your toe to 1/8 inch, and your cart on the straight and narrow!

Step 1: Check your Camber!

First, place a straight flat-edge on the ground and find out if a gap exists between the edge of your drivers side front tire and the straight-edge. If there is a gap, we will need to adjust the heim joints on the cart. The heim joints are the two joints in which the wheel assembly bolts to the steering assembly.

Engage your parking brake, jack the front of your cart up. Once the cart is jacked up, loosen the nut on the inside of your lower control arm (bottom heim joint) and adjust your tire to even-out the camber based on the gap your tire had when held next to the straight-edge. If your caber is out (top of the tire is closer to the frame than the bottom) then nudge the bottom of the tire in towards the center of the cart’s frame. If your camber is in (bottom of the tire is in closer to the frame than the top of the tire) then nudge the top of the tire in towards the center of the cart’s frame.

Once you have adjusted the heim joint to a more even (flush / straight) tire position, lower your cart and re-check your camber. If your camber is still off, we will adjust the second heim join at the top of the spindle on the same side of the cart (just above the heim joint on the lower control arm). If your camber is still out / this does not fix your camber, repeat the process on both joints and continue to adjust as necessary.

You will get better at eyeballing this quickly after doing it on your own a couple of times. Once the driver’s side front tire is done, repeat the entire process for the front tire on your passenger side.

Step 2: Align the Cart, Adjust the Toe In / Out

Face your cart at the front (as if it was about to roll you over). Pull a tape measure across the front of your tires and measure the distance from inside tire on the left side of your cart to inside tire on the right side of your cart. Move to the side of your cart and lay down on your stomach. Repeat the process for the back side of the tires (from inside edge to inside edge). Our ideal is to have a difference of 1/8″ – 1/4″ difference in space from the front set of tires edge-to-edge to the rear set of tires edge-to-edge. This will help with the stability of the cart.

Once you have finished measuring, we will need to adjust to get to our ideal range. Set your parking brake and jack the front of your cart up. We will be adjusting your toe in. Loosen the tie rod on the driver’s side wheel and adjust the toe in by twisting the rod left or right depending on the direction you need to adjust the tire.

If you need to adjust the tire inwards (towards the front of the cart) then turn the rod towards the rear of the cart, which will turn the tire in. If you need to adjust the tire outwards (or out, towards the rear of the cart), then turn the tie rod towards the front of the cart which will turn the tire out.

Once the rods on both sides are adjusted to our deal toe in of 1/8″ – 1/4″ difference between the front and rear side of the front tire set, we will drop the cart down, roll it forwards 20 feet, and re-check the alignment. The reason for this is to spot any variance in our toe in following the adjustment. Once the cart has been rolled forward, check the toe in again and adjust as necessary if the alignment is off.