FencingAll-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) can be an excellent tool on the farm or ranch, but an ATV accident can really slow you down or worse. Keep these tips in mind to prevent ATV accidents and get the job done the first time around.

  • On hills, always lean your body uphill to prevent tipping & flipping
    • Be especially careful if you’ve got a load on either the front or the back of the machine. Don’t be afraid to stand up and really lean into that hill. 

  • Keep the weight balanced.
    • Use a trailer to transport heavy loads of posts and tools instead of stacking too much weight onto the ATV itself.
    • If you know you’re going to have to build or replace a lot of fence, take the pick-up truck if you can. 

  • Only use the speed that you need.
    • High speeds mean higher chances of losing control, especially if you’re carrying extra weight. 

  • Fit the ATV to the job.
    • Bigger and faster is not always better—a smaller machine is easier to move by hand if necessary (for example, if it gets stuck in the mud or just plain flips on you).

Even if you know your property well, keep an eye out for new environmental hazards like rocks, logs, sinkholes, ice patches, etc.