You might not know (and might not be surprised to hear) that I have had my motorcycle license for a few years. And, I have owned two sport bikes. Well, that was true until I had to sell them to go to grad school (womp womp). I like to go fast, I like the wind in my hair, I like the adventure -- but most of all, I like to come home safely and in one piece. I was chatting with my insurance company and since it is motorcycle/powersport season -- I thought it'd be a good time to share some safety tips. 5 THINGS YOUR TEEN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT POWERSPORTS AND SAFETYThe teenage years have a reputation for uncovering thrill-seeking, invincible superheroes, particularly among young men. As a parent, it’s a delicate balance between letting your teen live out this persona and keeping him safe. Powersports are a popular activity for teenagers, and a cause for concern for many parents.
To help you keep your teen out of harm’s way, here are five safety tips you should discuss. These tips apply across a variety of powersports including motorcycling, dirt biking, snowmobiling and ATVing:
1.Education is key The best way to teach your teen powersport safety is to let the professionals help out by finding an accredited class. Like driver’s ed, these classes will teach your teen the ins-and-outs of safely operating and maintaining powersport equipment.
2. Always wear protective gear Even the most experienced powersport athletes wear protective gear. Take your teenager to a local powersport retailer for recommendations on the correct protective gear and demonstrations on how to wear it properly.
3. Make sure all equipment is properly set up Any setup or maintenance to an ATV, dirt bike, snowmobile or any other powersport equipment should either be performed or checked by a certified technician. Also ask the technician to show your teen how to do a quick pre-ride safety inspection of the equipment.
4. Maintain control at all times As an adult, it might sound obvious, but it’s worth reminding your teen to always maintain control of the powersport vehicle. Speeding, especially on rough terrain, can quickly cause them to lose control, especially if they’re a novice.
5. Know local and state laws and abide by them Finally, make sure your teen is aware of any laws relating to powersport operation and safety in your city and state. Keep an eye out for laws about where you can and cannot operate powersport vehicles and if driving an uninsured vehicle is illegal.
While reviewing powersport safety tips with your teen, it’s also a good idea to make sure they understand their insurance coverage and policy details. Insurance companies offer coverage for a variety of powersports including motorcycle coverage and snowmobile insurance. You can start right now by discussing the different types of snowmobile insurance coverage.
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Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.