- Legislation, legal requirements & operator responsibilities
- The risks associated with the use of an ATV & the main causes of accidents
- PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- ATV controls, use of throttle & gears etc
- Use of the Operator / Manufacturers handbook
- Pre-start checks
- Basic driving & driving on varying terrain including hills & slopes
- Towing trailers or equipment & carrying loads
- Use of ATVs on the public road
- Safely Store
Top tips for rider safety:
- Make sure the loads carried on the racks are secure and evenly balanced and do not exceed the capacity of the ATV (check the manufacturers' recommendations).
- Always be aware of your surroundings and keep your eyes peeled for any pedestrians, livestock, obstructions or other vehicles.
- Inspect the ATV before use to ensure working order.
- Avoid sudden increases in speed. This is a common cause for overturned vehicles.
- Always wear the correct personal protective equipment such as helmets, boots, long sleeve shirt and trousers.
- When riding across a slope, keep weight forward.
- When going downhill, slide your weight backwards, select a low gear and use engine braking, which reduces the need to brake.
- Walk a new route before riding through it. This will give you a better perspective of the dangers or obstacles.
- British weather is unpredictable, so be aware of changes in ground conditions as these could affect the load you are carrying or the attachments you are pulling.
- Always read the owner's manual.