The operator's ability to operate an offroad vehicle safely is dependant upon the operator's ability to exercise proper judgement. An operator must not be too small or too large for controlled operation. The operator must be of sufficient age, understanding, mental capability, and physical ability to operate safely. Young operators should have mature, supervised instruction and sufficient practice in uncongested areas.
These vehicles should never be run indoors as the exhaust from the engine contains carbon monoxide, which is a tasteless, odorless, poisonous gas.
Unless otherwise specified, all screws, nuts and bolts must be kept tight to ensure that the vehicle is in safe operating condition. The engine must be kept clean and free of all dirt, paying particular attention to the throttle linkage area.
Prevailing Torque type - locknuts lose their locking capability with repeated use and require replacement. Ensure locknuts are functioning properly.
Correct tire pressure should be maintained. The recommended inflation pressure may be found on the tire's sidewall. Improper tire pressure may cause instability and may prevent proper braking or steering.
The operator should wear an approved helmet and appropriate clothing. Loose clothing, long hair, or articles worn by an operator must be controlled, or covered to prevent them from possibly being caught in rotating parts.
The fuel tank should never be filled while the engine is running or while the engine is hot. Do not overfill the tank, allow space at the top for fuel expansion. Replace the cap tighty to prevent spillage of fuel and potential fire hazard.
If the vehicle should start making unusual noise or vibrating abnormally, the engine should be turned off. Excessive noise or vibration is generally a warning of loose or worn parts.
When storing the vehicle, it must be kept in a place where gasoline fumes will not reach an open flame or spark. For long period of storage, such as winter, the fuel tank should be drained in a cool, open area or allowed to run out of gasoline completely.
Operation in water or washing of the vehicle during freezing temperatures can result in water getting into the throttle cable conduit and/or on the throttle mechanisim and freezing. This may result in the throttle sticking which may cause the engine to run at full speed. Check the throttle periodically during operation in muddy environments to ensure that mud is not building up in the throttle cable or throttle mechanism. Also ensure that the throttle cable and throttle mechanism are free of mud.
Never operate the vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs of any kind, for your safety and the safety of others.
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Page Last Updated: 04/29/2017
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