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Riding an all-terrain vehicle, or ATV, can be a fun and exciting way to explore the great outdoors. But, ATVs are powerful machines, and you need to know how to safely and properly ride one before you start blazing down an offroad trail. Be sure to have the proper safety equipment, choose an appropriate ATV to ride, and donít try any tricks when youíre starting out. While youíre learning to ride, choose a wide-open space so you can practice picking up speed, shifting gears, and taking turns properly. For the best preparation, take a formal ATV riding course.


[Edit]Riding an ATV Safely
  1. Choose an appropriate ATV for you to start riding. A sports quad is a good starter ATV for an adult who can reach the handlebars and gear shift in the footrest. A youth ATV is more appropriate for a younger person getting started because theyíre lighter and shorter. You could also choose a utility ATV if you plan to use it for work purposes and you need to learn how to ride it.[1]
    • Try sitting on an ATV to make sure it feels comfortable and you can reach all of the handles and gears.
    • Using an ATV that is too large, powerful, or unwieldy for you could result in an accident.
  2. Wear protective gear when you ride. ATVs are powerful machines and can cause you serious injury if youíre in an accident. To better protect yourself, wear proper equipment. Before you ride, put on a pair of boots, gloves, safety goggles, and a helmet.[2]
    • Wearing protective gear will reduce your chances of getting injured, especially if youíre new to riding.
    • Make sure the helmet and gear fit properly and allow you to see properly.
    • You can find ATV protective gear at ATV supply shops, at sports and outdoor stores, and online.
  3. Use nerf bars when youíre learning to ride. Nerf bars are large foot pegs that fit onto your ATV to widen the footing area, which make it easier for you to keep your footing, especially when youíre starting out. When you choose your ATV, go with one that has nerf bars or have them installed so you can learn to ride more safely.[3]
    • You can find nerf bars at sports and outdoors stores, at ATV supply stores, and online.
    • Nerf bars also make it easier for you to learn how to turn, use the clutch, and shift gears.
  4. Keep both feet on the foot pegs at all times. Your feet need to always be placed in the footing area of the ATV to ensure your safety. The footing area is where the clutch and the gear shift is located, so itís important that youíre ready to shift gears if necessary. You could also get your foot or leg snagged on something when youíre riding if any part of your body is hanging out of the ATV.[4]
    • Hanging a leg outside of your ATV can also shift your weight off-balance, which can cause the ATV to tip or you to fall off.
  5. Avoid riding on paved roads to avoid getting hit by a vehicle. ATVs are meant to be ridden offroad, so driving them on a paved street or highway is actually bad for their tires. You could also accidentally be hit by a passing vehicle. Only ride on paved roads when youíre crossing them to get to the other side.[5]
    • Itís also against the law in many places to drive an ATV on a paved road.
  6. Donít attempt any wheelies when you start riding an ATV. A wheelie involves leaning your weight back to lift the front wheels off of the ground, and they can easily result in the ATV flipping over onto you. When youíre starting to ride, donít be tempted to try a trick that can result in serious injury.[6]
[Edit]Learning How to Ride
  1. Check your local laws regarding ATVs before you ride. Some locations may have designated areas for you to legally drive your ATV. You may also need to have a special license and proof of insurance in order to ride an ATV. Look online for your areaís rules and regulations about ATV riding.[7]
    • Check your local governmentís website for a list of rules regarding ATVs.
  2. Ride in an open area without any obstacles when youíre getting started. Choose a large, flat, open space thatís free of any hazards or obstacles that you could run into to practice riding your ATV. The controls will take some getting used to, so avoid steep terrain or an area that has a lot of vehicles or objects that you would need to navigate around.[8]
    • An empty field or a large backyard would work as a suitable practice area.
  3. Turn the key and press the start ****on to start the ATV. Put the key into the ignition and turn it to the start position. Then, press the start ****on, which is usually located on the right side of the handlebars. When the engine starts, allow it to run for about a minute so it can warm up.[9]
    • If youíre riding in cold weather conditions, allow the engine to run for 5 minutes so it can heat up before you ride.
  4. Pull the clutch handle to place the engine into neutral. On the left handlebar is a lever called the clutch. Pulling the clutch puts the engine into the neutral gear, which allows you to shift gears as you build up speed. To start moving, engage the clutch with your left hand so you can put the engine into gear.[10]
    • While youíre in the neutral gear, your ATV can continue to roll forward, but you will not be able to add any speed.
    • You need to place the engine into first gear in order to start moving.
  5. Use your left foot to raise the gear shift lever to shift into higher gears. With the clutch engaged, use your left foot to shift gears by lifting the lever located in the left footrest. Then, release the clutch to place the engine into gear so you can keep moving. As you build up speed, shift into higher gears.[11]
    • Practice riding around, then slowly increase your speed, and work to shift into higher gears to get used to riding.
  6. Downshift into lower gears as you slow down your ATV. When youíre decreasing your speed, you also need to shift back into lower gears. Hold the clutch with your left hand and press down on the gear shift lever with your left foot, then release the clutch. Youíll feel the lever click down as you downshift.[12]
    • Shift into lower gears one at a time to allow your engine to adjust to the lower speeds and gears.
  7. Start braking with your right hand and gradually add your left hand. The brakes of an ATV are controlled by levers to the right and left of the handlebars. The lever to the right controls the rear brakes, while the lever to the left controls the front brakes. Always start braking the rear wheels first by squeezing the right handle, and add additional braking power by slowly squeezing the left handle.[13]
    • If you squeeze both brakes at the same time, you may tumble forward over the handlebars.
    • Squeezing the left handle to brake the front wheels only can cause the ATV to flip over.
  8. Lean into turns to keep the ATV from tipping. Shift your weight in the direction that youíre turning to distribute the weight and keep your ATV from tipping over. If youíre turning left, lean to the left side of the ATV. If youíre turning right, lean right. Work to get used to distributing your weight so you can take turns at higher speeds.[14]
    • It can help to stand up from the seat so you can lean further if youíre taking a harder turn.
  9. Take an ATV riding course to receive formal training. The best way to make sure youíre properly equipped to start riding your ATV is to take a course from an experienced rider who can show you the ins and outs of your ATV. Look online for classes in your area that you can sign up for to receive formal instruction.[15]
    • Ask your ATV dealer if they provide instruction or can recommend a course.
    • You may be required to take a certification course in order to be legally allowed to ride your ATV.
  • Always wear protective gear when youíre riding an ATV!
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