The All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute® (ASI), a not-for-profit division of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America® (SVIA), was formed in 1988 to implement an expanded national program of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety education and awareness. ASI’s primary goal is to promote the safe and responsible use of ATV’s, thereby reducing accidents and injuries that may result from improper ATV operation by the rider. For safety information or to enroll in an ATV RiderCourse, call (800) 887-2887 or visit www.atvsafety.org
The ATV operator injury rate has substantially declined since 1984. This is due, in part, to the ASI’s expanded safety education and public awareness programs. The ASI will continue to be an information source about ATV standards, promote model state legislation on ATV riding, and serve as a liaison with state and federal agencies on ATV training and environmental issues. Based on SVIA safety programs developed since 1983, the ASI leads the way in expanding and implementing ATV rider-training programs nationwide.
More than 16 million people ride all-terrain vehicles. Besides recreational use, ATVs also serve agriculture, business, commercial industry and nearly 700 government and law enforcement agencies with on-the-job transportation and other uses.
Safer ATV riding is a top priority for Arctic Cat, BRP, Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, KYMCO USA, Polaris, Suzuki, Tomberlin, and Yamaha, the leading U.S. distributors of all-terrain vehicles. These distributors offer free hands-on training to all individuals who have purchased new ATVs, including the purchaser’s eligible family members.
Training is also available for a reasonable fee to all other interested parties who are not eligible for free training.
THE ATV RIDERCOURSE
The hands-on, half-day ATV RiderCourse is conducted by licensed ASI Instructors. The course offers students an opportunity to increase their safety knowledge and to practice basic riding skills in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of a licensed Instructor.
Students practice basic safety techniques with hands-on exercises covering starting and stopping, turning (both gradual and quick), negotiating hills, emergency stopping and swerving, and riding over obstacles. Particular emphasis is placed on the safety implications relating to each lesson. The course also covers protective gear, environmental concerns and local laws. Participants receive the ATV RiderCourse Handbook, which reinforces the safety information and riding techniques covered during the ATV RiderCourse.
Individuals six years of age and older may take the class. Riders younger than 16 are restricted to ATVs of the appropriate size recommended for the rider's age. There are special teaching provisions for students under 16 years old, and parents are encouraged to attend as well. Students younger than12 participate in separate classes and a parent must be present during the entire course.
Only licensed Instructors are authorized to teach the ATV RiderCourse. All ASI Instructors must complete a comprehensive training program and meet specific ASI requirements to become licensed. More than 2,100 instructors are licensed to teach the ATV RiderCourse nationwide.
THE GOLDEN RULES
1. Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and glvoes.
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 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 toll free (800) 887-2887.
Our goal is to make the ATV RiderCourse available to large numbers of students. To accommodate the growing number of ATV purchasers, a centralized enrollment service called Enrollment Express was established. When a new ATV is purchased, the dealer provides customer information to the ASI, often within 24 hours of purchase. An ASI Enrollment Express representative then contacts the purchaser to offer a free ATV RiderCourse.
The ATV Safety Institute also works with state, military, and independent agencies to present seminars, develop safety materials, and coordinate training programs targeted to fill specific needs.
The ASI is committed to increasing public awareness of ATV safety programs. It produces and distributes public services messages to ATV enthusiast magazines and other publications read by potential ATV riders. There are also several publications available to promote safe riding practices. These include Tips and Practice Guide for the All-Terrain Vehicle Rider and Parents, Youngsters and All-Terrain Vehicles.
We also have a video titled “Ride Safe, Ride Smart” that is a rider-friendly look at how to get a proper start in ATV riding.
To order the publications or video, call ASI at (949) 727-3727 and ask for the order department.
For information regarding training in your area, call (800) 887-2887.
For information on ATV safety issues, call (800) 852-5344.