Get Your ATV in Top Shape for Spring

Spring is just around the corner. You know how it is: One minute, you are adding antifreeze, and the next, you are wiping of sap the car hood off stains.

After being cooped up all winter, the temptation to hit the road- or go off-road – with the breath of a warm breeze is overwhelming.

Before you take off on a whim, however, think for a minute about your vehicle. How is the tire pressure and level? Is the vehicle clean?

Polaris, a leading manufacturer of ATVs, offers the following tips to get your vehicle in shape before hitting on the trails:

* Be sure to do a"walk-around" of your unit, checking the air filter, coolant level, battery, tire pressure, operation of lights, tire pressure, and action of throttle and brakes. Also, check and drain fuel.

* Clean the vehicle and inspect for damage. Fasteners are tight.

* After any storage period, an ATV should have a full tuneup. Call your dealer early to beat.

* To avoid damage to springs and blown seals caused by sand, dirt and trail debris, install shock covers. If already installed, check to make sure they are offering protection. Replace them if they're not.

* Don't forget to check your protective gear – helmet, eye gear, boots, gloves, and apparel- to ensure it will provide protection.