ATV Safety Training For New Off Road Riders
By Jesse Taylor
Some states require ATV riders to complete off road safety
training before they ride. Others do not require any ATV
training. Whether or not your state requires it, off road
training is a wise move for any ATV rider just starting out in
the sport. ATVs handle differently from other vehicles you may
be familiar with, such as motorcycles or cars.
If you know how to properly handle your ATV, you will be less
likely to get into dangerous situations that can result in
injury or death. As your off road riding skills improve, so will
your confidence. You will be ready for new challenges that put
your off road skills to the test.
Most ATV training courses cover basic riding techniques such as
using signals and controls, starting, shifting, braking, and
turning. They also cover basic and advanced off road handling
for emergency stops and swerving, hill riding, and riding over
obstacles and various terrains.
You will learn basic safety rules for ATV use, including
pre-ride inspection, protective gear, and courtesy rules for
sharing the trail with other ATVers and trail users. Most off
road training includes hands-on practice for new riders to apply
basic safety and riding techniques on their own ATVs.
Your ATV training may also include information on how to make as
little impact as possible on the environment. Respect for the
land is a major factor in protecting the right to ride. Sticking
to the trail and riding only on land designated for ATV use
helps to preserve wilderness areas for off roaders and everyone
else to enjoy for years to come.
Enrolling in an ATV safety course in your local area means that
your training will include instruction about local laws for ATV
use. You'll also get to meet other local ATV riders, learn about
the trails in your area and the best spots to ride, and find out
about local ATV clubs.
Both adults and younger riders can benefit from off road
training. ATV youth safety is a growing concern across the
country. The best way to reduce the number of ATV injuries and
fatalities in youth and adults is education. Safety awareness in
young ATV riders increases their skill and confidence. Learning
to ride an ATV allows young riders to develop responsibility and
good judgment while having fun and spending time outdoors.
Contact your local ATV club, state highway department or DNR
office, or the ATV Safety Institute for information on ATV
safety training in your area. If you purchased a brand new ATV
recently, your safety training may be included for free. Check
with your dealer for more information.
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