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Wyoming Youth ATV Riders Course

ATV riding can be a risky sport. One-third (1/3) of all ATV accidents involve those under 16 years of age. Unfortunately some are severely serious and even fatal.

Because of a child's leg and arm length, hand size, and strength, it is often difficult for children to properly control an adult-sized vehicle and be RIDER-ACTIVE.



  • Children often emulate parental behavior.
  • Children often underestimate the danger and risk because of inexperience.
  • Children often overestimate their skill level.
  • Before you let your children ride, they need to learn how to properly operate the vehicle safely.


Training Opportunities


ORV Safety Tips & Ethics

  • Wear a helmet and eye protection at all times and other protective clothing suitable to the environment.
  • Do not carry passengers on your ATV.
  • Do not let young or inexperienced riders operate ATVs without training and supervision.
  • Do not use alcohol or other drugs when you ride.
  • Learn proper riding skills from an instructor or qualified rider and practice such skills before riding.
  • Always maintain a safe distance between riders. Tailgating can lead to collisions and injuries.
  • Ride with others and let someone know where you are riding. Never ride alone.
  • Obey the laws.
  • Stay on trails designated for ATVs.
  • Be informed of local weather conditions and dress and equip yourself appropriately.
  • Know the area you are riding in. Be aware of its potential hazards.
  • Always ride at a safe and responsible speed. Know your abilities and don't exceed those levels.
  • Make sure your equipment is in top working order; check before heading out.
  • Carry a map of the trail or area you intend to travel.
  • Use common sense.
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