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Do I have to complete an ATV safety course?

| Jul 21, 2021 | Firm News |

ATVs can be quite dangerous. They do not require a special license because you will not drive them on public roads, but the government understands the risks of using them.

For that reason, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources explains you may have to complete an ATV safety course.

Mandatory courses

If you are between the ages of 10 and 15, the state does require you to take a safety training course. You will do the first part online. The second part includes practical skills education and testing.

If you are age 16 and older, then you also must take the course, but you only have to complete the online portion.

For those age nine and under, there is no course requirement. The state does offer a free study guide to prepare the child for safe riding and for taking the course once he or she reaches the age of 10.

Important information

The hands-on portion of the course requires you to bring the ATV on which you will ride. The instructor will fit you to that ATV. You will also want to use the ATV you ride because it will help you to become familiar with its parts and operation.

An alternative course is available through the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute. It will cover the required information and will meet state requirements.

The safety course will help you to learn applicable laws and other safety information. It also will familiarize you with the parts of the vehicle and give you some practical experience with riding safely. The idea behind the course is to help prevent serious accidents and to promote safe and fun ATV riding.