IRVINE, CA – December 16, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The holidays are here and, for many in still-warm areas across the U.S., it’s the perfect time for ATV enthusiasts to enjoy the outdoors on their vehicles, and maybe try out a new gift or two like some new riding gear. To ensure everyone gets the most out of their ride, the ATV Safety Institute urges everyone to get trained and follow the ATV Safety Institute’s Eight Golden Rules.
“The best way to build fond memories starts with being safety-minded,” said Tom Yager, ASI vice president. “Whether you and your family are seasoned riders or just getting into the fun, atvsafety.org offers tips on riding techniques and how to stay safe on the trails. Everyone is encouraged to sign up for the free online E-Course. Riders ages 6 and up should then take the hands-on ATV RiderCourse.”
The free online E-Course is a great tool for seasoned riders to employ to freshen up their safe-riding habits. The hands-on ATV RiderCourse is free for anyone who has purchased a new ATV from an ASI member company. Other riders can sign up for the hands-on course for a small fee.
“We want riders to help set an example for everyone by following the ASI’s Eight Golden Rules of ATV Safety,” Yager said. “It helps riders of all experience levels to become safer operators and demonstrate proper trail etiquette, so everyone can enjoy the outdoors.”
The ASI’s Eight Golden Rules of ATV Safety
- Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
- 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.
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV specifically designed for two people.
- Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.
- Supervise riders younger than 16; ATVs are not toys.
- Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
- Take a hands-on ATV RiderCourse and the free online E-Course. Visit atvsafety.org or call 800.887.2887.
About All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute
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.
Source: All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute