We love fawning over news and riding stories as much as anyone else, but it’s important to remember that safety comes before all of that. To reinforce that, Honda put together a video to remind us of the basics of ATV safety. The video revolves around the T-CLOC acronym, which at first sounds silly, but the video presenters are professional stunt riders and we can’t fault their tactics.
Before diving into the acronym, Matt Coulter and Paul Hannam want us to remember to wear protective safety gear. And not just for extreme circumstances; safety gear is vital in every situation. It could make the difference between severe injury and walking away unscathed. According to our hosts, the full suite includes high-top boots, elbow pads, shoulder pads, a helmet, and gloves. We’re also big proponents of kidney guards and protective eye gear.
Once you’re suited up for the ride, it’s time for the pre-ride checks. Honda’s acronym for preparing to take your ATV out for work or play is T-CLOC.
“T” stands for tires and wheels, or making sure the tires are set to the correct pressure and the wheels are in good condition and tightened down properly.
“C” references controls and cables, as in the throttle cable, which Honda claims is the most important.
“L” is lights and electrics. Always make sure headlights, taillights, and brake lights are functional prior to riding, and keep headlights on at all times when operating the machine.
“O” means oil and fuel, which seems like common sense, but checking oil and fuel levels can be the difference between making it home or not.
“C” is for chain, which really only applies to youth ATVs and sport ATVs, but is a reminder that it’s important to properly lubricate and check the condition of the machine’s chain prior to use. Honda also reminds us to look at the machine’s frame to check for cracks.
Honda’s video also has our backs in providing riding pointers. Our pros give tips like keeping in mind that riding technique changes as speed increases, and shifting weight is a great way to maintain stability. Shifting body weight left and right can be a big help in cornering especially in tighter turns. Also, leaning forward when going uphill and leaning back when going downhill is of big benefit especially on two-wheel-drive machines. This video might be a few years old but the info remains true. Give it a watch and stay safe out there.