ATV Basic Info & Learning Resources

On this page, you'll find articles about ATV safety, how different parts of the ATV work, how to operate and use an ATV, winching techniques and other general questions.

ATV Safety

As you might know, ATV riding can be hazardous. To reduce the risk of severe injury or death from an accident, it is essential that you:

  • Wear the proper safety gear:
    • An approved helmet.
    • Eye protection (goggles or face shield)
    • Gloves with good grip. 
    • Over-the-ankle boots.
    • Long-sleeve shirt and pants.
  • Read, understand, and practice all rider safety precautions as outlined in the ATV owner’s manual and safety labels on the ATV.
  • Learn to operate an ATV safely- take a safety training class.
  • Properly maintain the ATV and keep it in good condition.
  • Ride within your skill level. 


ATV Riding Basics

As a beginner-level ATV rider and as you gain more riding experience, you might find yourself having many questions.

Underneath are all our posts on the basics of riding, operating, and using an ATV.

What is ATV Riding?


How to Start an ATV

To start an ATV, all you need to remember is the BONE-C checklist:

  1. Brakes – Ensure the parking brake is on. 
  2. On position – Ensure the fuel valve and ignition key are ON.
  3. Neutral – Put the gear shifter in neutral (N) or park (P).
  4. Engine – Ensure the engine stop switch is in the RUN or ON position.
  5. Choke – If the engine is cold, turn on the choke before starting the ATV. 


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Starting Problems?

Check Our Troubleshooring Resources for ATVs that Won't Start

ATV Specs & Terminology

  • How much does an ATV weigh?
  • How big is it?
  • How fast can they go?
  • What’s the difference between an ATV, UTV, Side-by-Side, SxS, four-wheeler, quad-bike, and RTV?

You’ll find the answers and more below:

ATV Mechanics 101

Understanding how the different part of an ATV work is essential for any ATV enthusiast.

Whether you’re curious, researching before a potential purchase, or own an ATV and have a problem, there is much to learn.

Below are our resources on the basic mechanics and workings of different parts and components of an ATV.

ATV Uses

ATVs offer versatility for a variety of outdoor activities, catering to both recreational and practical needs.

For thrill-seekers, ATVs provide an exhilarating experience in off-road racing, trail riding, and dune bashing.

In contrast, they are also indispensable tools for farming, hunting, and snow removal, offering robust performance in challenging terrains and tasks.

ATV Noise

Excessive noise can lead to local restrictions and impact wildlife, making it essential for riders to understand and mitigate their ATV’s sound output.

Utilizing aftermarket exhausts, adhering to local noise regulations, and practicing responsible riding are key steps in managing and reducing ATV noise levels.

Check out resources below to learn more. 


A winch is probably the most helpful accessory for your ATV. However, it is also potentially hazardous if you don’t use it properly.

Below are our resources on how to use an ATV winch, how the winch works, and more.