The Handbook of Iowa All-Terrain Vehicle, Off-Road Utility and Off-Road Motorcycle Regulations
The Official Off-roading Handbook of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
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Consult your owner's manual for information on turning your ATV. In general, when riding at low to moderate speeds, you should:
Move your body forward and lean in the direction of the turn.
Turn the handlebars while looking where you are turning.
If the ATV begins to tip, lean farther into the turn and slowly reduce your speed.
Climbing hills can be dangerous if you don't follow the proper procedures described in your owner's manual. You could lose control of your ATV or it could overturn. In general, you should:
Use good judgment. If you think the hill is too steep to climb safely, don't attempt it. Instead, you may be able to traverse the slope.
Before starting the climb, shift into a lower gear and increase your speed.
During the climb, increase the throttle steadily to keep your forward momentum.
Slide forward on the seat, or stand and lean forward.
Always lean uphill while leaving your feet on the footrests.
If you can't see over the top of the hill to check for obstacles, slow down until you can.
Before starting down a hill, select a route with a minimum of obstacles. Ideally, the route should require little or no turning. When riding downhill, remember to:
Move back on the seat while leaving your feet on the footrests.
Maintain a slow speed.
Stay in a low gear.
Keep your eyes focused ahead.
Traversing a Slope
Some hills may be too steep to ride up or down in a straight line. If so, you may be able to ascend or descend the hill by riding across it at an angle—called traversing the slope. However, you should not attempt to traverse a surface that is extremely rough, loose, or slippery. When traversing, be sure to:
Keep your feet on the footrests.
Shift your weight to the uphill side.