About the Study Guide

You are looking at the West 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.

Proper riding posture on an ATV

To ride an ATV safely, you need to learn how to position your body properly as you maneuver through various types of terrain. Mastering the basic riding positions is a major key to your success.

  • To make sure that you can shift your weight quickly when necessary and reach the controls easily, always maintain proper posture:
    • Head up and eyes looking far ahead
    • Hands on the handlebars
    • Feet on the footrests, toes pointing straight ahead
  • Removing one hand or foot reduces your ability to control the ATV and can cause you to lose your balance and fall off.
  • Removing your feet from the footrests or dragging your feet on the ground can result in serious injury if your feet get under the rear wheels.