How To Start Riding an ATV

ATVs can be a fun and exciting way to explore the outdoors.ATVs are powerful machines and you need to know how to ride them safely.When starting out, be sure to have the proper safety equipment, choose an appropriate ATV, and not try any tricks.Pick a wide-open space so you can practice picking up speed, shifting gears and taking turns.The best way to prepare is to take a formal ATV riding course.

Step 1: You should choose an ATV that will allow you to start riding.

A sports quad is a good starter ATV for an adult who can reach the handlebars.ATVs are more appropriate for young people because they are lighter and shorter.You need to learn how to ride a utility ATV if you plan to use it for work.You can reach all of the handles and gears on an ATV if you sit on it.An accident could happen if you use an ATV that is too large, powerful, or unwieldy.

Step 2: When you ride, wear protective gear.

ATVs can cause serious injury in an accident.Proper equipment is needed to protect yourself.Before you ride, wear a helmet, gloves, safety goggles, and boots.If you are new to riding, you should wear protective gear.You should be able to see the helmet and gear properly.At ATV supply shops, sports and outdoor stores, and online, you can find ATV protective gear.

Step 3: When you are learning to ride use nerf bars.

Nerf bars are large foot pegs that fit onto your ATV to widen the footing area, which makes it easier for you to keep your footing.You can learn to ride more safely if you have nerf bars installed on your ATV.At sports and outdoor stores, you can find nerf bars.Nerf bars help you to learn how to turn, use the clutch, and shift gears.

Step 4: All the time, keep both feet on the pegs.

The footing area of the ATV is where your feet should be placed.The gear shift is located in the footing area, so it is important that you are prepared to shift gears if necessary.If any part of your body is hanging out of the ATV, you could get your foot or leg on something.Hanging a leg outside of your ATV can shift your weight off-balance, which can cause the ATV to tip or you to fall off.

Step 5: Avoid riding on paved roads if you can.

ATVs are meant to be ridden offroad, so driving them on a paved street is bad for their tires.You could be hit by a vehicle.If you want to get to the other side, ride on paved roads.It is against the law to drive an ATV on a paved road.

Step 6: When riding an ATV, don’t attempt wheelies.

A wheelie involves leaning your weight back to lift the front wheels off the ground, and they can cause the ATV to flip over onto you.Don’t try a trick that can cause serious injury when you’re starting to ride.

Step 7: Before you ride an ATV, check your local laws.

You may be able to drive your ATV in designated areas.You need a license and proof of insurance in order to ride an ATV.There are rules and regulations for ATV riding in your area.There are rules regarding ATVs on the local government website.

Step 8: When you are getting started, ride in an open area.

If you want to practice riding your ATV, choose a large, flat, open space that is free of any obstacles that you could run into.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.An empty field or a large backyard is a good place to practice.

Step 9: Press the start button if you want to start the ATV.

Put the key in the car and start it.The start button is usually located on the right side of the handlebars.Allow the engine to run for a short time so it warms up.If you are riding in cold weather, allow the engine to run for 5 minutes so it can warm up before you ride.

Step 10: Put the engine into neutral by pulling the clutch handle.

The clutch is on the left handlebar.The neutral gear allows you to shift gears as you build up speed, if you pull the clutch.Put the engine into gear if you engage the clutch with your left hand.You will not be able to add speed while you are in neutral gear.The engine needs to be put into first gear in order to start moving.

Step 11: To shift into higher gears, use your left foot to raise the gear shift lever.

Lift the lever in the left footrest if you want to shift gears with the clutch engaged.You can keep moving if you put the engine into gear.Shift into higher gears as you build up speed.Slowly increase your speed and shift into higher gears to get used to riding.

Step 12: As you slow down, shift into lower gears.

You need to shift back into lower gears when you decrease your speed.Press the gear shift lever with your left foot if you want to release the clutch.You will feel the lever click as you shift.Your engine will adjust to the lower speeds and gears if you shift into lower gears one at a time.

Step 13: Slowly add your left hand as you start braking with your right hand.

levers to the right and left of the handlebars control the brakes of an ATVThe lever to the left controls the front brakes.When starting to brake the rear wheels, squeeze the right handle and add additional braking power by squeezing the left handle.You may fall over the handlebars if you squeeze both brakes at the same time.Squeezing the left handle can cause the ATV to flip over.

Step 14: Lean into turns to keep the ATV from tipping.

Keep your ATV from tipping over by shifting your weight in the direction that you are turning.Lean to the left side of the ATV if you are turning left.Lean right if you are turning right.You can take turns at higher speeds if you are used to distributing your weight.If you are taking a harder turn, it is helpful to stand up from the seat.

Step 15: Receive formal training after taking an ATV riding course.

If you want to learn how to ride an ATV, you need to take a course from an experienced rider who can show you the ins and outs of your ATV.You can sign up for classes in your area online.Do you know if your ATV dealer can recommend a course?You may have to take a certification course if you want to ride your ATV.