Florida is the first state to offer an ATV Safety Institute online E-Course as a certification process. The course is another way for certain youth to earn a certificate to ride an off-highway vehicle.
The Florida Division of Forestry worked with the ASI to create state-specific details for a specialized Florida E-Course, a Web-based curriculum with nearly two hours of ATV safety information. By Florida law, when operating an off-highway vehicle on public land, all riders age 6 to 15 must possess a Florida OHV Safety Certificate, and be supervised by an adult.
“We are excited to be able to reach so many more people with safe and responsible OHV use messages through the ASI E-Course,” Tami Leonard, OHV recreation coordinator for Florida’s Division of Forestry, stated in a press release. “It’s an excellent addition to our program that already offers the ASI ATV RiderCourse and Motorcycle Safety Foundation DirtBike School.”
Previously, riders 6 to 15 had to complete an ASI ATV RiderCourse or MSF DirtBike School class to receive an OHV Safety Certificate. Now the ASI Florida E-Course also fulfills that requirement.
“We'll apply the lessons learned in working with the Florida Division of Forestry, and their OHV Advisory Committee, as we partner with other states wishing to add the E-Course to their certification programs,” said Tom Yager, ASI vice president, safety programs. “The ASI E-Course is designed to incorporate state-specific information as needed.”
The ATV Safety Institute develops rider training programs, conducts hands-on ATV RiderCourse in all 50 states, and promotes the safe and responsible use of ATVs through several free interactive online safety E-Courses.
To enroll, riders visit www.atvsafety.org and click on the ATV E-Course. The Florida course can be selected during registration. After finishing the course, students may take a quiz, and on passing, receive a certificate. The cost for the Florida E-Course quiz and certificate is $25.
Each self-paced E-Course covers the ASI’s Golden Rules, the fundamentals of riding (with an emphasis on risk management and avoidance) as well as the ATV itself. The courses include real-world videos from a rider’s point of view, animation and interactive learning exercises and quizzes to self-test the knowledge gained.
“Online instruction is very useful, but there is no substitute for hands-on training when it comes to developing the physical skills for safely operating an ATV,” Yager said. “All riders must remember that their safety is their responsibility. We want them to choose to be responsible and follow the Golden Rules.”
The ATV Safety Institute's Golden Rules are:
- Always wear a helmet and other protective gear.
- Never ride on public roads — another vehicle could hit you.
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
- Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle.
- 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 an ATV RiderCourse. Call toll-free at (800) 887-2887 and take the free E-Course at www.atvsafety.org.
Formed in 1988, the ASI is a not-for-profit division of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, an affiliate of the Motorcycle Industry Council.
Posted by Arlo Redwine