Practicing in a large, flat, open area will help you master your riding skills. Consult your owner’s manual for full details and consider taking a riding course, such as the one offered by the Canada Safety Council.
Here are some of the basics that all ATV riders should keep in mind.
Maintain correct riding posture
To stay in control of your vehicle, you should:
- Keep your head and eyes up and look ahead at all times.
- Have both hands on the handlebars and both feet on the footrests with your toes pointing straight ahead. If you remove even one hand or foot, you will reduce the ability to control your vehicle and possibly lose your balance.
- Keep your elbows bent slightly out and away from your body and your knees in.
Read the terrain
Always look ahead and be prepared to react to what’s coming up.
- Know the terrain and what you and your machine can do. It’s important to be familiar with the area you choose to ride in and use existing trails wherever possible. If you venture into unfamiliar terrain, ride slowly and exercise caution.
- Always watch for bumps, holes, ruts or obstacles that lie ahead of you on the trail. Knowing what’s ahead will help you prepare to travel around hazards before you encounter them.
- Go at a speed that is appropriate to the terrain, the visibility and your experience.