Upcoming Holiday Weekend an Ideal Time for ASI Safety Courses
IRVINE, CA – May 23, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – As more than 35 million ATV enthusiasts take to the trails this Memorial Day weekend, the ATV Safety Institute and the major manufacturers and distributors of ATVs encourage everyone to ride safely and responsibly. The ASI estimates that nearly 11 million ATVs will be ridden over the long holiday weekend, and urges enthusiasts to minimize their risk and increase their fun factor by taking the ASI’s hands-on ATV RiderCourse and interactive E-Course. Both are designed to help enthusiasts better understand how to safely operate their ATVs.
“Now that the summer riding season is upon us, enthusiasts everywhere can brush up on safety tips with the ASI’s half-day, hands-on ATV RiderCourse,” said Tim Buche, president and CEO of the ATV Safety Institute. “It’s free if you’ve purchased a new, qualifying ATV from an ASI member-company and most major ATV manufacturers offer incentives for completing the course in the form of cash or gift cards worth up to $100. ASI encourages all enthusiasts to be safety-conscious whenever they ride, but especially on a busy holiday weekend like Memorial Day.”
To find an ATV RiderCourse near you and enroll, visit http://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, also available at http://www.atvsafety.org. 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, such as youths riding adult-sized ATVs. Therefore, 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:
- 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 other 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 RiderCourseSM and the free online E-Course. Call toll-free at (800) 887-2887 or go to www.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 RiderCourseSM nearest you, visit www.atvsafety.org or call (800) 887-2887.
The Specialty Vehicle Institute of America® promotes the safe and responsible use of all-terrain vehicles through rider training, public awareness campaigns and state legislation. Additionally, the SVIA® works to preserve access to off-road lands and expand riding opportunities. The SVIA is a resource for ATV research, statistics and vehicle standards. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the SVIA develops standards for the equipment, configuration and performance requirements of ATVs.
Based in Irvine, Calif., the SVIA is a not-for-profit industry association sponsored by Arctic Cat, BRP, Honda, Kawasaki, KYMCO, Polaris, Suzuki, and Yamaha. Visit the SVIA online at www.svia.org. For safety information or to enroll in the ATV RiderCourseSM nearest you, visit www.atvsafety.org or call (800) 887-2887.