About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Alaska Offroad Rider’s Ed Study Guide. At the present time, you cannot obtain off-road education certification from Offroad Ed. However, you can use this Study Guide as a resource to learn more about off-road safety.

ATV tie-down strap

Securing the ATV

  • Balance your trailer by centering the ATV slightly behind the axle.
  • Set the parking brake on the ATV.
  • Use tie-down straps. Ropes may stretch during transport.
  • Use four straps whenever possible, front and back on both sides. Never use fewer than three straps.
  • Cinch the straps as tightly as possible. Shake the ATV, and make sure it’s secure. The tires should look like they’re carrying weight.
  • Loop any excess strap length below the trailer or pickup.
  • When using a pickup, close the tailgate if possible.

Driving With a Trailer

  • Drive at moderate speeds, and avoid sudden maneuvers.
  • Allow for the added length and weight of the trailer.
    • Make wider turns at corners and curves.
    • Allow extra time and distance for stopping and for passing other vehicles.
  • On long trips, pull over every hour to check the towing equipment.