IRVINE, Calif., May 11, 2015 – This summer, from June 6 through 14, the ATV Safety Institute will be launching ATV Safety Week throughout the country. ASI is working with partners all across the country who have volunteered to provide free ATV RiderCourse training and other ATV safety education opportunities.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 92 percent of all ATV-related fatalities are the result of warned-against behaviors, such as youth riding on adult-sized ATVs. ATV Safety Week is a great time to learn about the proper operation of your machine, find out about helmets and other proper protective gear, and learn ways to dramatically reduce risk for you, your family and friends.
The ATV RiderCourse is free for anyone who signs up during ATV Safety Week. Free training will be available at the following locations:
Anza, CA – Coach 2 Ride
Rancho Cordova, CA – Prairie City
Campo, CA – Golden Acorn Casino
El Centro, CA – Superstition
Lakewood, CO – Thunder Valley MX Park
Daytona Beach, FL – Volusa OHV Training Center
Columbia, GA – Riley
Maquoketa, IA – Jackson County Fairgrounds
Grand Rivers, KY – Grand Rivers
Fordland, MO – Rogersville
Laurel, MT – Butler Property
Laurel, MT – Laurel High School parking lot / Safety Day
Hamilton, MT – Al’s Cycle Yamaha
Great Falls, MT – Rainbow Motorsports
Lowville, NY – Flat Rock
Warsaw, NY – Hume Arena
Lowville, NY – Flat Rock
Garber, OK – Garber
Prineville, OR – Prineville Christian Church
Coal Township, PA – Anthracite Outdoor Adventure
York, PA – Don’s Kawasaki Yamaha Polaris
Elizabethtown, PA – Hernley’s Polaris Victory
Big Spring, TX – Outback Adventure Track
San Angelo, TX – Porter Henderson Yamaha
Winchester, VA – Valley Cycle Center
9 Miles Falls, WA – 7 Mile Park
Harpers Ferry, WV – Riverfront Motorsport Park
The ATV RiderCourse is also free year-round for anyone who has purchased a new, qualifying ATV from an ATV Safety Institute member company. The ASI offers easy enrollment at 800-887-2887, or visit atvsafety.org.
ASI also offers a free E-Course, available online 24/7. This online course is available in three age-specific courses for adults, teens and children. Students learn how to apply the “golden rules” of ATV riding in an interactive setting. The E-Course includes videos, pictures, and interactive games to make it a fun and effective learning experience for all ages. After taking the course, users can take an ATV safety exam and receive a certificate of completion.
The ATV Safety Institute’s Golden Rules
- 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.
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.