An ATV vehicle, which is also called a quad bike, quad, all terrain vehicle, three wheelers, four-wheel or four-wheeled, and defined by the NHTSA as an off-road vehicle with four wheels, is a compact, lightweight, two wheeled motor vehicle. ATVs are also called dirt bikes, dirt bikes, and have been used in various outdoor events, ranging from off-road racing, through to leisurely pleasure rides and recreation. ATV's, however, are much more than simple “all terrain vehicles,” and their use in all of these activities is limited by their safety features and the terrain they are designed to cover.
The use of ATV's on a regular basis is limited to the areas in which these vehicles are manufactured and designed. For example, the National Parks Service, and most State parks, prohibit ATV use in the back country because the vehicle is not safe for the type of terrain in these areas are constructed on.
In general, ATV's are made of rubber tires on a long frame that has a suspension system and can be fitted with mud tires, sand tires, and even tires used for racing purposes. Some of these vehicles can even have a two wheel drive option.
The ATV has become one of the most popular recreational vehicles on the road today. This popularity is not without good reason.
ATV's can provide many hours of enjoyable riding, especially if they are operated by someone with good driving skills. Some people refer to ATV riding as “street riding”, since it is usually done on dry paved roads rather than on soft dirt tracks. Because of the versatility of ATVs, it is possible for one to travel virtually any route on earth, making them suitable for those who enjoy traveling on long and distant motorcycle trips.
While a person may not be able to go down every paved trail in the country, they will still find enough terrain to make an ATV ride a very enjoyable experience. The ability to travel on rough terrain provides an advantage to the ATV driver, because they can use their skills in a way that would not be possible with other types of vehicles. Although ATVs can be dangerous on some surfaces, there are a number of things that are done to help to ensure that the ATV rider is in safe, even dangerous areas. These include, making sure that the vehicle is equipped with good tires designed for the terrain, installing good lights that will help a driver see where they are going, and ensuring that a vehicle is well maintained and that will not break down.