ATV Safety Institute calls on all riders to refresh skills, be safe on Fourth of July weekend
July 03, 2014
The following is an industry press release...
IRVINE, Calif., July 2, 2014 – Safety experts want ATV riders across the country to seek formal training, refresh their riding skills and be safe for the Fourth of July weekend.
“Getting proper training through ASI’s ATV RiderCourse and regularly refreshing your riding skills will help guide you in staying safe and having fun on ATVs,” said ASI Vice President Tom Yager. “Following the ASI’s Golden Rules every time you ride is key in preventing crashes and injuries. We urge dealers, ATV enthusiasts and journalists to promote the Golden Rules by embedding the ASI’s Golden Rules graphics on their websites and sharing them on social media.”
To learn about the hands-on training available through the ASI, visit the video section of ATVSafety.org and select the video titled, “ATV Safety Institute ATV RiderCourse.” The RiderCourse is free for anyone who has purchased a new, qualifying ATV from an ASI member company. Most major ATV manufacturers also offer incentives in the form of cash or gift cards for completing the course.
The ASI also recommends that ATV riders take the free, interactive E-Course at atvsafety.org as an introduction to riding controls and skills for novices or as a refresher for experienced enthusiasts. Three age-specific online courses are available: one for adults, another for teens and one for children.
All ATV riders should follow the warning labels on each vehicle and abide by the ASI’s eight Golden Rules of ATV Safety to minimize their risk of injury:
1. Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
2. Never ride on paved roads except to cross, when done safely and permitted by law – another vehicle could hit you. ATVs are designed to be operated off-highway.
3. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.
5. Ride an ATV that's right for your age.
6. Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.
7. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
8. Take a hands-on ATV RiderCourse and the free online E-Course. Call toll-free at (800) 887-2887 or go to atvsafety.org to register.
The All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute® develops rider training programs and promotes the safe and responsible use of ATVs. The ASI® works to reduce crashes and injuries resulting from improper ATV use. Formed in 1988, the ASI is a not-for-profit division of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America®. For safety information or to enroll in the ATV RiderCourse nearest you, visit atvsafety.org or call (800) 887-2887.