ATV, Dirt Bike Riding Tips and Techniques

If you’re after some solid dirt bike riding tips… then read on. If you get the technique right, the speed will come naturally. Most of your riding should be done in the standing position. To do this…

1. Have the foot pegs in the middle of your feet for easy access and control of your foot levers.
2. Grip the bike with your knees slightly bent near the bottom of the tank.
3. Your back should be slightly arched with your bum towards the rear. Keep your arms up, and elbows forward with your head over the handle bars.
4. Try and keep either 1 or 2 fingers on the clutch and brake levers as much as possible.

Practice riding like this over rough terrain and watch your speed, control and enjoyment increase!

Riding techniques:

1. Turning.
Consult your owner’s manual for information on turning your ATV. In general, when riding at low to moderate speeds, you should:
a. Move your body forward and lean in the direction of the turn.
b. Turn the handlebars while looking where you are turning.
c. If the ATV begins to tip, lean farther into the turn and slowly reduce your speed.

2. Riding uphill.
In general, you should:
a. Use good judgment. If you think the hill is too steep to climb safely, don’t attempt it. Instead, you may be able to traverse the slope.
b. Before starting the climb, shift into a lower gear and increase your speed.
c. During the climb, increase the throttle steadily to keep your forward momentum.
d. Slide forward on the seat, or stand and lean forward.
e. Always lean uphill while leaving your feet on the footrests.
f. If you can’t see over the top of the hill to check for obstacles, slow down until you can.

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.

Think Family When You Are Considering Your Next Vehicle

Everyone thinks it’s easy to buy a car (the process is easy but very much stretched out), however, when you think about buying the right car for your needs, then you have to leave impulse behind and begin your research.

The first thing to realize is this: the car you think you want may not be the car you need.

  • For example, let’s say you have:
  • Two or three kids
  • Your wife
  • And maybe a parent or in-law or two ride with you.

That’s a lot of company to carry. It also usually means your dreams of a sleek coupe or a great-looking four-door are not realistic. If you choose either, you will find you are going to have a tough time cramming six or more people into two or four seats, especially if you kids are young and you still have to carry all the paraphernalia of young parents (stroller, carry bags and such), right? So, the coupe or sedan are not valid choices, are they?

So, what should you be looking at? The short list is: a minivan, which makes sense if it has seating for nine, an SUV with seating for nine or, if you will also be carrying a lot of gear with you then a full-sized van may also be a valid alternative for safety.

As you can see, vehicle-buying is not as easy as you think it is, unless you are single. Then it’s simply find the model that you think looks best and that you can afford; go through the usual dealership two-step; finish up the deal, and drive off

Family-Size Matters

It pretty much goes without saying that family size matters. It has to be your first consideration in buying a new vehicle. Your first step in buying a car is to decide exactly what your family needs are and then find the vehicle that fits them best.

Here are some suggestions:

If your family is one of today’s “downsized” families – a husband and wife and no kids then you can get that great-looking sedan or, if you both agree on it, maybe that coupe (some hybrid coupes are very nice-looking and safe; stay away from the really little cars as has been pointed out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in its yearly crash-testing, the tiny coupes or sedans that are out there are not particularly safe in major crashes and, surprisingly, not as economical as you would think. EPA mileage ratings put cars like the Smart and the Fiat 500 in the 30-40 mpg range, while there are compacts out there that routinely turn in 40-plus mpg).

How To Choose A Reliable Tow Truck Service

Handling broken-down vehicles is an area of expertise that is more technical than it seems. A lot of people assume that towing is just towing, and that it’s a no-brainer. Most picture it like this: You have an out of commission vehicle that you need to get off of the street and into a mechanic’s bay. You call a towing service that comes in and hauls your car or van to a truck into the nearest repair. However, that is hardly the scenario that plays out. Towing needs some valuable specifics, too! Important questions like, how big is your vehicle? Is it automatic or manual transmission? Is it a four-wheel or a two-wheel drive? If it’s the latter, is it front or rear drive?

You have to get the answers in first, before the crew can send you the tow truck. Some streets can be crowded and it would be quite irritating to wait on the side of the road for a truck to arrive, so it is mightily important to get the details correct. Vehicles can be towed with: (a) four wheels ON the ground, (b) two wheels OFF, or (c) four wheels OFF the ground, depending on the tools available to the service that is doing the towing. Drivers most often see the second option on the streets, because of the combination of two factors – simple equipment and two-wheel drive vehicles. Most sedans and vans are front-wheel drive vehicles. Since they make up most of daily traffic, they are also the ones you’ll most likely see on road shoulders and bays, needing a tow.However, not all services can offer a flatbed truck, which would have been the easiest and safest solution for your vehicle and not everyone can actually afford it. If budget is a concern, then tow dollies are the way to go because they perform and are a good example of efficient and cheap towing. Towing services offer this affordable option to all cars and vans that need a haul.Dollies work like two-wheeled trailers that lift the front tires off the ground and can possibly finish the work ably like a flatbed truck. For rear-wheel drive vehicles, extra precaution is required to avoid damage to the transmission and the engine. This would entail removing the drive shaft, which connects the axel to tranny and the engine, to prevent friction build-up. Though this can definitely be done by experienced drivers, it would be better to just entrust it to a trusted mechanic or to the tow service itself. Know more about this here.

Is This the Death of the Current Speed Camera?

The recent rumours of the death of the speed camera have been exaggerated rather greatly. Around two years ago it was reported that the number of road safety partnerships that were turning their speed cameras off, though it has now been revealed by the Highways Agency that a new system will be used, that will offer motorway monitoring a lot more cost effectively.The system is called Hadecs3 officially and the press has already labelled the speed cameras with the name stealth cameras, due to the fact that they are a lot smaller than typical speed cameras and are also grey, not bright yellow.Some press has also guessed that these particular cameras are due to new plans to enforce the 70 mile per hour motorway. Though it has been confirmed otherwise that these cameras are no such thing and that they are just a simple upgrade to the motorway system that already exists.

The Hadecs3 is the Hadecs2 replacement, which is blatant from the name. It is true that these new cameras will be grey, however this is not different from any motorway speed cameras currently. The difference with these cameras is actually where they will be located, which turns out to be good news for drivers.The Highways Agency has plans to use the new system to upgrade sections of smart motorway that already exist, this includes sections of the M1, the M6 and the M25.

So what is a smart motorway?A smart motorway is a motorway where there is an unsettled speed limit enforced. This is not a means to try and catch drivers out, the idea is to keep traffic moving, which essentially removes congestion and traffic jams. It is quicker a lot of the time for motorists to travel at 50 or 60 miles per hour, other than letting drivers go as fast as they wish. The Highways Agency has actually said that these new cameras are not actually about the speed limit but more about smoothing out traffic and increasing capacities on our motorways.