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.

Inspecting an ATV's tires

An easy way to remember the items to inspect is the phrase “START-GO.”

Steering and Drive System
Drive chain
Check your owner’s manual for proper adjustment. Inspect and lubricate the chain regularly.
Drive shaft
Check for leaks, and consult your manual for proper lubricant levels.
Handlebars and footrests
Shake to make sure they’re secure.
Throttle and Brakes
Make sure it moves smoothly and snaps closed.
Ignition switch
Check for wear.
Engine stop switch
Test operation.
Test to make sure controls operate smoothly.
Foot shifter
Make sure it’s attached firmly and positioned for safe operation.
Activate Lights
Headlights and taillights
Turn them on.
Brake lights
Press the brake, and have your riding partner make sure the brake lights illuminate.
Make sure your registration or trail pass decals are attached.
Confirm that the dates are still valid.
Tires, Wheels, and Suspension
Always use a low-pressure gauge to check tire pressure.
Make sure pressure is equal on both sides.
Check for damage that could cause air leaks.
Axle nuts
Make sure they’re tight and secured by cotter pins.
Try to rock the wheel on its axle to check for wear.
Major fasteners
Periodically tighten all major fasteners with hand tools.
Make sure the tank is full.
Check for fuel leaks.
Check while the engine is off.
Check for oil leaks.

Additional Items

In addition to checking the items listed in START-GO, your pre-ride inspection should include the following.

Spark arrestor/muffler
Make sure it’s attached firmly and working properly.
Air filter
Make sure it’s clean, undamaged, and unblocked.
Spark plugs
Replace if necessary.