About the Study Guide

You are looking at the Virginia 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.

  • Check with local law enforcement officials to find out if ATVs are allowed on snowmobile trails.
  • Perform winter maintenance on your ATV as directed in your owner’s manual.
  • Make certain you have been trained in surviving the extremes of the environment in which you’ll be traveling. Never venture into an area without properly preparing for the unexpected.
  • Check local weather forecasts and monitor weather changes.
  • Dress warmly to offset the wind chill created by your motion.
  • Before venturing onto a frozen lake, make sure the ice is thick enough to support your loaded ATV safely.
  • Ride only on firm snow or groomed trails. Riding on soft snow can damage the terrain.
  • Watch for snow drifts. They may cause an accident or cause you to get stuck.