ATV Safety Institute to roll out two-part ATV RiderCourse

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The ATV Safety Institute (ASI) will begin delivering a new version of its internationally recognized ATV RiderCourse in select states this year. Leveraging ASI’s award-winning ATV e-Course online education program, the new ATV RiderCourse will reach more riders because students will have the flexibility of taking half the course in their homes and at their own pace. A new riding skills development component complements the knowledge and judgment obtained online.

The first part is the ATV e-Course, which requires about two hours to complete and focuses on general ATV knowledge and riding fundamentals as well as the ASI’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 the ATV RiderCourse and the free online e-Course.
  • Visit ATVSafety.org or call 800-887-2887.

Students choose one of three age-appropriate modules, which include riding-experience videos from a first-person point of view, animation, and interactive learning exercises and quizzes to self-test knowledge gained. Users can bookmark the course, take a break at any time and resume later from where they left off.

After completing the e-Course, the riding component teaches students riding skills on a controlled training range. Riders will learn about pre-ride inspection, starting and stopping, quick turns, hill riding, emergency stopping and swerving, riding over obstacles, protective gear, local regulations, places to ride and environmental concerns.

“The commitment of the member companies of the ATV Safety Institute is reflected in the continued expansion of our rider education initiatives,” said Paul Vitrano, executive vice president, ASI. “Since 1984, the major manufacturers and distributors of ATVs in the United States have worked closely to provide training options that reflect the needs of ATV enthusiasts and foster the safe and responsible use of ATVs. Incorporating technology to encourage more participation by reducing time away from home was a natural evolution for the ATV RiderCourse.”

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.

Posted by Arlo Redwine