Introduction to ATVs
ATVs have been increasing in popularity during the past decade. As trails and recreation areas become more crowded, it's more important than ever for people to operate these vehicles safely and responsibly.
Characteristics of an ATV
ATVs are four-wheeled motorized vehicles with an overall width of 48 inches or less designed to operate exclusively on off-road terrain, primarily for a single rider. They're powered by gasoline engines and equipped with four low-pressure tires, handlebars for steering, and a seat that is straddled by the rider.
Today's ATVs are used for both work and play.
- Work-related uses include farming, ranching, construction, oil production, land management, field maintenance, law enforcement, military applications, and rescue operations.
- Recreational uses include trail riding; transporting items, such as hauling gear to a fishing spot, campsite, or hunting grounds; and hauling firewood from the backwoods to the homestead.