If you are a worried parent, or a child trying to convince your parents about riding ATV’s, you’ve come to the right place! On this page you can expect to read good tips and advice about what you should do as a parent for deciding if your child should be allowed to ride an ATV.
First of all, you want to make sure your child can reach all of the functions on an ATV. Make sure their feet can reach the foot brake, and/or the gear selector. Also see if they can reach the handle bars and are able to turn the steering wheel while pushing the throttle. If your child can do all of these things, they are probably good enough to drive an ATV. When it comes to ATV Riding, it really isn’t hard to drive. The only hard part is making the best decisions while driving. So as long as your child can reach all of the functions, and is strong enough to turn the steering wheel, your child could become an excellent driver.
When your child is trying to learn how to drive an ATV, it would be best for them to learn how on a manual ATV without a clutch. When you have a clutch, learning how to shift can be difficult for people that have driven ATV’s all their life. So especially for kids learning how to drive for their first time, learning without a clutch would be best. Also, if you have an automatic ATV, this would be good to learn on as well. With an automatic Four Wheeler, there isn’t any shifting to worry about, the ATV does it for you. Kids can learn how to drive on small or big machines, as long as they are careful.
Before you let your child go race around not knowing what they’re doing, teach them the important functions (If you as a parent don’t know how to drive an ATV, it would probably be best if you learned how to drive before your child does, read the above content for more information). For a manual ATV, teach them where the throttle is, tell them what it does, show them all three brakes. The parking brake (left handlebar), hand brake (right handlebar), and the foot brake. They should only be using the foot and hand brake while driving. The foot brake brakes the rear wheels while the hand brake brakes the front wheels. So if you are driving up a hill and need to stop, use the hand brakes to stop the front wheels. If you are driving down a hill, use the foot brake to stop the rear wheels. If you are going up/down a steep hill quickly, braking wrong could flip your ATV. Don’t get too worried, just brake correctly and/or slow down while going up/down a hill. Finally, show your child where and what the gear selector is. Being in the right gear is important.
When they’re out there on the Trail for the first time, or in the backyard trying to learn, as a parent, you should be riding on the back of the ATV while your child is practicing driving. I advise you to do this because if they make a mistake, whether it’s a big mistake or a small mistake, you can be right there to fix it quickly before something serious goes wrong. If the ATV you have is too small for a child and an adult to ride, then its okay to just watch them.