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Memorial Day Weekend ATV Safety Reminder

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
ATV Safety Institute
The ATV Safety Institute (ASI), along with the major manufacturers and distributors of ATVs, encourage all ATV enthusiasts to ride safely and responsibly this upcoming holiday weekend, and any time they ride an ATV. More than 35 million riders will be operating approximately 10 million ATVs over Memorial Day Weekend in the United States, and they can minimize their risk while increasing their fun by taking the ASI’s hands-on ATV RiderCourse or interactive E-Course to better understand how to safely operate their ATVs.

“The ASI urges all ATV enthusiasts to enroll in an ATV RiderCourse,” said Gary Higgins, chairman of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA). “Participating in the half-day, hands-on course really is the ideal way to kick off the summer riding season. Taking the course is free if you’ve purchased a new, qualifying ATV from an ASI member-company. And, most of the major ATV manufacturers offer incentives for completing the course in the form of cash or merchandise certificates worth up to $100. Really, taking the ATV RiderCourse is a win-win situation for everyone.”

To find an ATV RiderCourse near you and enroll, visit www.atvsafety.org. In addition to learning safe riding skills on the range, riders can also brush up on ATV safety principles online with the ATV E-Course. Three age-specific online courses are available: one for adults, another for teens, and one specifically aimed at children. All the courses include videos and interactive games to make them fun and effective learning experiences for every age group.

According to data from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 92 percent of all ATV-related fatalities are the result of warned-against behaviors. As a result, the ASI strongly recommends that all ATV riders follow the warning labels on each vehicle. Finally, all ATV enthusiasts, no matter their age or experience level, can further minimize their risk by simply adhering to the ASI’s Eight Golden Rules of ATV Safety:

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 other 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 an ATV RiderCourse; call toll-free at (800) 887-2887 or go to www.atvsafety.org to register. Or take the online e-course at www.atvsafety.org.

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 www.atvsafety.org or call (800) 887-2887.



Courtesy of ROHVA

Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association
As the upcoming Memorial Day weekend approaches, the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) encourages all ROV enthusiasts to drive safely and responsibly, while having fun exploring trails, deserts and public lands across the country. Additionally, ROHVA recommends minimizing the risk while simultaneously increasing the fun by taking their award-winning ROV E-Course.

The online training is a free, multi-media, interactive safety course that’s available 24/7 at www.rohva.org. The course addresses the risks caused by improper ROV use and reinforces safe practices that will reduce the chance of injury. The E-Course offers tips that help drivers better understand how to safely operate their ROVs.

“ROVs represent a hugely popular segment of the off-road vehicle market,” said ROHVA President Tim Buche. “They’re a fun way for families and friends to experience the great outdoors, particularly on a long holiday weekend. However, before you head out, take the free ROV E-Course and learn the right way to use these great vehicles.” The ROV E-Course can be found here.

ROHVA provides ROV enthusiasts with valuable safety education, tips and resources that are available online at www.rohva.org. Additionally, ROHVA urges all ROV drivers to follow its seven common-sense guidelines to help ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and everyone else off-road.

ROV Safety Rules

1. Always fasten your seat belt, wear a helmet and other protective gear and keep all parts of your body inside the ROV.

2. Avoid paved surfaces. ROVs are designed to be operated off-highway.

3. Drive only in designated areas, at a safe speed, and use care when turning and crossing slopes.

4. Never drive or ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

5. Never drive an ROV unless you’re 16 or older and have a valid driver’s license. ROVs are not toys.

6. Never carry more passengers than the ROV is designed for, and never allow a passenger who is too small to sit in a passenger seat to ride in the ROV.

7. Read and follow the operator’s manual and warning labels.

A recent study determined that 98 percent of ROV crashes involved at least one of the warned-against behaviors found in ROV operator manuals, while 23 percent of crashes involved drivers under the recommended age. ROHVA recommends that anyone under the age of 16, or without a driver’s license, should not operate an ROV.

The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) is a national industry organization that promotes the safe and responsible use of ROVs. ROHVA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop equipment, configuration and performance standards. Based in Irvine, Calif., the not-for-profit association is sponsored by Arctic Cat, BRP, Kawasaki, Polaris and Yamaha. For more information visit www.rohva.org.
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