About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Texas 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 on a trail

ATVs were developed in Japan so that isolated farmers could transport their crops and supplies across rugged terrain. Their popularity spread to the United States and Canada.

  • In 1969, Honda® introduced the All-Terrain Cycle (ATC) in the United States. The ATC had three fat wheels and was promoted as a recreational vehicle.
  • After 1988, ATVs fell somewhat out of favor as a recreational vehicle because of a Consumer Products Safety Commission report. ATV riders were involved in a disproportionately high number of injury accidents due to rider immaturity, inexperience, and lack of safety training.
  • More recently, a new generation of recreational riders, with a growing awareness of safety, has rediscovered the fun of ATVs.
  • While newer ATVs may have better safety features than their predecessors, they also have faster, better-performing engines that make safety an even more critical issue to be addressed by all responsible riders.