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Rider Skills

How to Brake Smoothly and Safely

HOW TO BRAKE SMOOTHLY & SAFELY:

  • Look well ahead and behind you - is it safe to stop here?
  • Fully release the throttle before applying the brakes.
  • If your machine has both front and rear brakes, apply them both evenly.
  • Avoid braking heavily, especially when you’re changing direction or cornering, as the machine can become unbalanced and tip over.
  • Use the brakes lightly on slippery terrain - slamming on the brakes can cause your machine to spin out of control.
  • Try not to ‘ride’ the brakes for a long period of time – if it’s safe to do so, gradually slow your speed by shifting to a lower gear before hitting the brakes. 

4WD BRAKING

Machines equipped with 4WD will brake a little differently. Basically, with a 4WD machine, applying either the front of rear brake will slow all four tires at once.

RIDER SAFETY TIP: AVOID THE ‘CRUSH’

Be careful rider, on any type of machine, if you slam on the brakes too suddenly (especially when traveling downhill) the machine will react dangerously and you’ll be at risk of losing control. 

What commonly happens in this situation is the momentum of your traveling speed will collide with the resistant force of the brakes. This forces the machine to roll forward, the back tires to lift off the ground, and the rider to be thrown forward (down the hill). If this happens to you, the machine could continue to roll forward, land on top of you, and crush you. Always brake safely to avoid the crush.

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