Training and Safety
Proper training and preparation can help you have a fun and safe ride. Before you go make sure you are prepared with the proper equipment. To make sure you are well prepared, take a training course to get you up to speed or refresh your memory. Below are just a few of the training courses available.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department's off highway vehicle (OHV) safety education course includes instruction on the basic skills required to safely ride or operate an OHV, responsibilities of OHV riders to others and the environment, general information on preparing for the unexpected, additional educational resources, laws, rules and regulations for the safe ethical and responsible operation and use of OHVs.
ATV Safety Institute (ASI)
The ATV RiderCourse, developed by the ATV Safety Institute, provides hands-on training in the basic techniques for riding an all-terrain vehicle. The course also covers protective gear, local laws, finding places to ride, and environmental concerns. If you bought your ATV after December 30,1986, you may be eligible for free training. Those not eligible for the free training may take the course for a small fee. The ATV RiderCourse is available nationwide. To sign up call: 1-800-887-2887 or go online to www.atvsafety.org
Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)
DirtBike School provides hands-on off-highway motorcycle rider training with an emphasis onsafety and skill development. For information call 877-288-7093 or go online to www.dirtbikeschool.com
Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA)
ROHVA promotes the safe and responsible ise of a new and emerging catergory of recreational off-highway vehicles. The ROV is sometimes refered to as a side-by-side or untility terrain vehicle (UTV). For more information go online to www.rohva.org
T.E.A.M. Arizona conducts basic rider training for dirt bikes. For information or to sing-up call (480) 998-9888 or go online to www.motorcycletraining.com
United Four-wheel Drive Association
UFWDA provides a 4WD safety and awaerness program. For more information go online to www.ufwda.org/4wdawareness.htm
Arizona State Association of Four-Wheel Drive Clubs
ASA4WDC sponsors safety clinics that teach the basics of 4WD. For more information call (602)-258-4BY4 or go online to asa4wdc.org
National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC)
NOHVCC develops and provides a wide spectrum of programs, materials and information. These "tools" are available to individuals, clubs, associations and agencies in order to further a positive future for responsible OHV recreation. For more information call 800-348-6487 or go online to www.nohvcc.org