ATV Safety Institute Calls on Riders to Be Ambassadors this Holiday

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IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 1, 2017 – The extended Labor Day weekend beckons many ATV enthusiasts to America’s dunes and trails where they’ll ride out the rest of summer with fun. The best way to get the most out of ATVs is to ensure all riders get trained and follow the ATV Safety Institute’s Eight Golden Rules.

“Exploring the country’s beautiful off-road trails on ATVs is a great way to create some of the best memories with family and friends,” said ASI Vice President Tom Yager. “For new riders, the best first step is to take the ATV Safety Institute’s free online E-Course at, then take a hands-on ATV RiderCourseSM. The hands-on course goes over everything from how to operate controls to more advanced riding techniques, and there are tips on how to stay safe and how to protect our trails so everyone can enjoy them.”

The free E-Course is also a wonderful tool for seasoned riders to freshen up on their safe-riding habits. The ATV RiderCourseSM is free for anyone who has purchased a new ATV from an ASI member company, and there is no charge for their eligible family members. Other riders can sign up for the course for a small fee.

“Riders of appropriate age and all experience levels can become safer operators by following the ASI’s Eight Golden Rules of ATV Safety,” Yager said. “And they can help be ATV ambassadors by following these important guidelines and encouraging others to do so as well.”

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 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 RiderCourseSM and the free online E-Course. Visit 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 RiderCourseSM nearest you, visit or call (800) 887-2887.

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