Once the warm weather is over, many atv enthusiasts pack up their 110 quads and mini four wheelers for the year. Which is a shame considering there are a lot of places that allow year-round riding. 

To help you enjoy atving to the fullest, we compiled the following guide. In it, we review some the gear you need while out in the snow, and how to safely drive your atv on ice, should the occasion arise.

 

Keep Cold Weather Gear Handy

Not all kids gas atvs or adult four wheelers have glove compartments. To remedy this situation, load up a backpack with all the winter and safety gear you need. Then, keep that potentially lifesaving bag on your 125cc four wheeler or in a place it will be remembered.

Key items you will want to put in the pack are listed below.

  • Gloves
  • Socks
  • Goggles
  • Compass
  • Map
  • Matches
  • Hand warmers
  • Non-perishable snacks

In addition, purchase a heated jacket, vest, or other attire to wear on the trail. These are designed to run on a rechargeable battery pack, which can be removed.

 

Ice Driving

After prepping your mini quad 49cc, 125 four wheeler, or cheap kids atv for winter, it is time to head out. And in case you are not familiar with how to prep a 49cc mini quad or 125cc quad bike for winter, here is a general overview.

  • Check and swap out old spark plugs
  • Consider putting snow chains on tires
  • Change oil 

Once your adult or child 4 wheeler is ready, bundle up, and grab your loaded safety backpack because it is go time!

While exploring the chilly environment, it helps to stick to known trails to reduce the odds of getting hopelessly lost. However, if your favorite locations are buried in snow, staying the course can be downright impossible. 

As a result, you may find yourself needing to cross a body of ice, such as a frozen river or lake.

If you find yourself in this predicament, here is what you should do.

 

Frozen Lake

The first step is to check the color of the water under the snow, if any. Ice that is clear and appears to be blue is typically frozen solid, which is safe to be on. If the ice is dark, do not cross. This type tends to be thin and therefore, dangerous.

In addition, if you are in a group, stay about 50 feet away from each other while crossing. 

 

Icy River

Moving water is unlikely to freeze enough to be safe to ride on. So, regardless of the size of your four wheeler, avoid crossing frozen rivers at all costs.

That said, there is one last type of ice to watch out for, even in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Known as black ice, if you run into a patch of this dangerous frozen water, be sure to remain calm, do not hit the brakes, take your foot off the gas, and slowly guide the adult or child 4 wheeler toward a non-icy area to gain traction. 

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