If you want to start riding an ATV, it is important to take safety precautions and take things slowly so that you do not injure yourself. Even when on the road, you must wear boots, gloves, goggles and a helmet to protect yourself if you fall off. Stick to open terrain while learning to ride. You should also check the laws regarding riding on ATVs in your area, as you may need a license and insurance. Consider taking a riding course to learn the basics of a professional. You start by practicing starting and stopping. Then you can build your confidence to ride at higher speeds and take turns. If you are driving a manual gearbox, you must learn to switch gears safely. For more tips, including how to choose a suitable first ATV, read on!