The All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute (ASI) and the nation’s major ATV manufacturers and distributors want to encourage all ATV riders to ride safely and responsibly this holiday weekend, and any time they start up an ATV.
FACT: Consumer Product Safety Commission data show that 92 percent of all ATV-related fatalities are the result of warned-against behaviors.
Follow the Golden Rules:
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. Visit ATVSafety.org or call 800.887.2887.
“Taking ASI’s ATV RiderCourse is the best way to kick off the season,” said Gary Higgins, chairman of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America. “The half-day, hands-on course is free if you’ve purchased a new ATV from an ASI member-company. And most of these major manufacturers even pay you to take the course, in the form of cash or merchandise certificates valued at $100.” To enroll in an ATV RiderCourse, visit www.atvsafety.org. While the incentives are designed to encourage user participation, the free training is a lifelong offer and is also available to family members.
In addition to learning safe riding skills on the range, riders can brush up on ATV safety principles online with ASI’s E-Course, available at www.atvsafety.org. There are three age-specific e-learning courses to choose from: adults, teens, and children. The courses include videos and interactive games to make them fun and effective learning experiences for all age groups.
FACT: Nearly 90 percent of youth ATV-related injuries occur when a youth is operating an adult-sized ATV.
Higgins reminds parents that supervising young riders is critical: “Every new ATV comes with an ignition key, and it is up to parents to manage when the vehicle can be used, and to supervise children under the age of 16 at all times while they operate an ATV.” The ATV industry has made it easy to know which ATVs are right for a rider’s age through the use of Manufacturer’s Minimum Age Recommendation Warning Labels that are affixed to each ATV.