Once you determine that ATV use is proper for your youngster, it is time to prepare yourself to be a good ATV teacher and supervisor.
Step 1: Educate Yourself About ATV
Safety and Proper Riding Techniques You must learn as much as possible about ATVs in general and especially your youngster’s ATV. You must be qualified to instruct and supervise your youngster. This means that you will need to understand the features of the ATV and the proper riding techniques. The best source of reference is the owner’s manual supplied with the ATV. Read the owner’s manual before you begin to instruct your youngster about ATV safety. Pay particular attention to the warning labels on the ATV. For a “hands-on” learning experience consider taking the ATV RiderCourse .
Step 2: Teach Your Youngster Safe and Proper Riding Techniques
Teaching your youngster ATV safety is a stepby-step process. It begins with safety rules and moves to actual riding procedures. Since youngsters learn at different rates, it will be up to you to set the pace of your youngster’s progress. At some point you may decide that he or she is not ready to ride an ATV.
Step 3: Avoid Unsafe Situations Through Close Supervision
ALWAYS closely supervise your youngster’s riding. This is needed even if your youngster has learned and mastered the rules and skills of safe ATV riding. Youngsters can get tired easily and become careless. They do not always see everything that is important around them. Your close supervision and good judgment are important.