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Develop safe riding habits by using the same procedures and safety measures when practicing that you will use when you begin serious off-road riding.

  • Wear proper clothing and safety equipment.
  • Perform a pre-ride inspection.
  • Maintain a safe speed at all times.
  • Don’t mix alcohol or drugs and riding.
  • Bring someone along in case something goes wrong.

Before you begin:

  • Perform a pre-ride inspection: Using your owner’s manual, find and check all of the items listed in the START-GO checklist.
  • Practice correct riding posture: With the engine off, mount the ATV. Keep your eyes on the trail ahead. Using proper posture, locate and operate the controls.
  • Practice shift pattern: Using your owner’s manual, learn the proper shift pattern for your ATV and practice with the engine off.
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