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.

Solid axle ATV or locked differential

The type of rear axle on your ATV, as given in the owner’s manual, affects where you should position your body on the seat during a turn. The rear axle may be either of two types.

  • Solid Axle: The wheels on both the inside and outside of a turn rotate at the same speed, even though the wheels on the outside of the turn cover more distance.
  • Differential Axle: The outside wheel rotates faster than the inside wheel, resulting in an easier and smoother turn.

Leaning Into a Turn

Always slide forward before you lean into a turn. If your ATV has a solid rear axle or a locked differential rear axle, use these techniques.

  • For slow turns, slide forward and to the outside—then lean into the turn.
  • For fast turns, slide forward and to the inside—then lean into the turn.