The OHV industry has everything parents need to decide when their children are ready to ride, and where to go for training.
Are They Ready?
The ATV Safety Institute (ASI) website has an “Are They Ready” section to help parents evaluate whether their child is ready to learn how to ride an ATV.
Tips and Practice Guides
ASI has two booklets you can download or order online on its website – “Parents, Youngsters and All-Terrain Vehicles” and “Tips and Practice Guide for the All-Terrain Vehicle Rider.”
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) also has two booklets – “Parents, Youngsters & Off-Highway Motorcycles,” and “Tips & Practice Guide for the Off-Highway Motorcyclist.”
ASI offers hands-on training for children and adults. The ATV RiderCourse is a half-day, hands-on training session that includes pre-ride inspection, starting and stopping, quick turns, hill riding, emergency stopping and swerving, and riding over obstacles. Also covered are protective gear, local regulations, places to ride and responsible trail ethics.
The online ASI E-Course features custom designed instruction for adult, teen (12-15 years old) and youth (6-11 years old) audiences. The adult E-Course also includes tips and advice for parents and guardians to coach and supervise young people throughout the learning process. Each self-paced ATV Safety Online course generally runs about two hours and focuses on ASI’s “Golden Rules,” the operation of the ATV itself and riding, with an emphasis on risk management and avoidance.
MSF’s DirtBike School is a fun, one-day, hands-on training session available to anyone 6 years old or above. At approved training sites, MSF-certified DBS Coaches teach basic riding skills and responsible riding practices, including risk management and environmental awareness. For more advanced learning, the Introduction to Trail Riding is the next level DirtBike School course, designed to familiarize riders with riding off-road on actual trails.