Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks now offers an All-Terrain Vehicle safety home-study course at no charge.
"Driving an ATV requires unique safety skills to avoid common hazards, as well as an understanding that each rider has particular responsibilities for protecting the environment," said Ray Paige, FWP's trails program specialist. "It is important that ATV users, especially our youth, have access to a quality training opportunity to gain skills in these areas."
The new ATV driver safety training is a well-rounded orientation to the world of ATVs including assessing risks and how to reduce them; basic riding skills and how to handle different terrains; and how to face unexpected situations.
Drivers are reminded that there is an annual registration fee collected by the county treasurer and an annual fee in lieu of tax on off-highway vehicles, in addition to an OHV decal required on all OHV's operated on public lands in Montana.
"An important aspect of this training is the review of an ATV rider's responsibilities, including the laws and guidelines for all trail users and the environmental concerns associated with ATV use," Paige said.
The course is targeted for young riders as well as adults, and is specifically tailored to ATV use in Montana.
A print copy of the home-study training manual and course materials can be ordered by calling FWP at 406-444-7317, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the Internet at www.fwp.state.mt.us, on the Education page under Off-Highway Vehicles.