This 5-hr Safety course is designed for new ATV owners
Do I need to complete an ATV safety course before I rent from you?
RENT AN ATV OFF-ROAD ADVENTURES operates on privately owned land and NOT on public land.
Although recommended, you are NOT required to complete the 6-hour state-certified course prior to renting from us. Under Texas State law, you are only required to take this certified safety course if you intend to ride alone on public land.
However, every renter is required to attend a 20-minute, non-certified, safety briefing that will cover basic ATV operation and safety procedures. The ATV safety briefing is provided at the time of rental. Additionally, during your tour, you will be under the direct supervision and guidance of a Tour Guide, who has been certified to operate an ATV in the State of Texas.
Certified ATV Safety Courses that are FUN and Affordable!
Our fun, half day, ATV safety course is designed specifically for new riders. You’ll learn the basic skills necessary to ride your ATV safely and avoid potential hazards.
At the completion of the course, students receive an ATV safety certificate card. The ATV safety certificate card is required to be carried on your person while riding on public land in the State of Texas.
Our course provides the necessary training to meet state requirements for ATV operation in Texas and is also recognized in many other states (Please check your local state laws).
If you recently purchased a new ATV, there's great news! You and your family may qualify to take the course FREE of charge. Some manufacturers even provide other incentives, such as rebate checks or free gear, just for completing our fun half-day course.
To register for our ATV Safety course, please click here https://online.svia.org/Training/Enroll/EnrollIntro.aspx or you can speak to one of our instructors, by calling (915) 855-4288.
Know Before You Go! Texas State ATV Laws
• All ATV owners must apply for a title before selling or disposing of their ATV.
• All ATV riders and passengers must wear a DOT approved helmet and eye protection while riding on public lands.
• All ATV's operated on public property must be registered, renewing registration once every year.
• No passengers are allowed at any time while the ATV is on public lands, unless the ATV is designed to carry a passenger by the manufacturer.
• ATV use on public streets is prohibited, except to cross these roads or for agricultural purposes (roads must be crossed at a 90 degree angle and you are not permitted to ride parallel to the roadway).
• All operators under 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
• While on public lands, all operators must have an ATV safety certificate or be under the direct supervision of an adult who has completed a state approved safety course and obtained an ATV safety certificate.
• ATVs shall not be operated from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise without a lighted taillight and headlight.
For further information on Texas State Laws pertaining to ATV operation please visit the links below:
ATV Safety Tips
Brought to you by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Like other activities involving high speeds and heavy machinery, riding an ATV can be risky. To help stay safe, follow these common-sense safety tips:
• TAKE A SAFETY TRAINING COURSE: Formal training teaches drivers how to control ATVs in typical situations. Drivers with formal hands-on ATV training have a lower injury risk than drivers with no formal training.
• WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR: Many ATV injuries are head injuries. Wearing a helmet may reduce the severity of these injuries. Select a motorcycle or other motorized sports helmet and make sure the helmet is certified by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and/or the Snell Memorial Foundation. In addition, wear over-the-ankle boots, goggles, gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt to protect against cuts, abrasions, and other injuries from rocks, trees, and other debris.
• NO PASSENGERS: The majority of ATV’s are designed to carry only one person. ATV’s are designed for interactive riding – drivers must be able to shift their weight freely in all directions, depending on the situation and terrain. Interactive riding is critical to maintaining safe control of an ATV especially on varying terrain. Passengers can make it difficult for drivers to control the ATV.
• DO NOT RIDE ON PAVED ROADS: ATV’s are specifically designed to operate on off-road terrain and may be difficult to control on paved roads. Collisions with cars and other vehicles can also be deadly. Many fatalities involving ATV’s occur on paved roads.
• DO NOT LET CHILDREN DRIVE ADULT ATV's: Children account for one-third of all ATV-related deaths and hospital emergency room injuries. Most of these deaths and injuries occur when a child is driving or riding on an adult-sized ATV. Children under the age of 16, on adult-sized ATV’s, are twice as likely to be injured as those riding youth ATVs.
• DON'T DRINK & RIDE: Alcohol and drugs impair reaction time and judgment, two essential skills for safe ATV use.