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ATV Safety Institute Staff and Instructors Ask All Riders to Follow Eight Golden Rules Thanksgiving Weekend

Published on November 22, 2017 under Blog
ATV Safety Institute Staff and Instructors Ask All Riders to Follow Eight Golden Rules Thanksgiving Weekend

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 21, 2017 – There’s no substitute for hands-on ATV training, but riders headed out to trails and dunes over Thanksgiving weekend can get a free refresher in safety at the ATV Safety Institute’s website. The interactive, multimedia ASI E-Course is loaded with important reminders and tips for both new and seasoned riders.

“Some online time invested, particularly among families, can help ensure everyone has a fun, safe weekend, and that’s what we want to see,” said ASI Vice President Tom Yager. “We also want to help riders learn how to take good care of their riding areas and ensure that we keep trails and parks open for future generations.”

The E-Course at atvsafety.org is a great refresher for those who already ride, and it’s the best first step for brand-new enthusiasts. Next, ASI strongly urges new riders to enroll in the hands-on ATV RiderCourse covering everything from how to operate the controls to more advanced riding techniques.

The ATV RiderCourse is free for anyone who has purchased a new ATV from an ASI member or participating company, and there is no charge for their eligible family members. Other riders can sign up for the course for a small fee.

Taking both the online and hands-on courses are an important part of the ASI’s Eight Golden Rules.

“Riding ATVs on America’s many fun and scenic off-road trails can make for a lot of fine memories with family and friends,” Yager said. “Following the ASI Golden Rules can help make sure all those memories are good ones.”

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 drive or 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.

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.