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Safer riders is goal of All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute

The ATV Safety Institute's primary goal is to promote safe and responsible use of ATVs, thereby reducing crashes and injuries that may result from improper operation by the rider.

From the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute

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"Always wear a helmet and other protective gear" is one of the Eight Golden Rules taught by the ATV Safety Institute

The All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute, a not-for-profit division of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, was formed in 1988 to implement an expanded national program of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) safety education and awareness.

More than 16 million Americans ride all-terrain vehicles. Besides recreational use, ATVs are also used in agriculture, a wide variety of industries, and the Armed Forces. The ATV Safety Institute leads the way in implementing and expanding ATV rider training programs nationwide for all riders.

Member companies of the ATV Safety Institute offer free training nationwide to purchasers of new ATVs. The ATV Safety Institute RiderCourse is a hands-on training course conducted by a licensed Instructor. No other industry has undertaken an initiative as comprehensive and far-reaching as the members of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America which include: Arctic Cat, BRP, Bush Hog, Honda, John Deere, Kawasaki, KYMCO, Polaris, Suzuki, Tomberlin, and Yamaha.

ATV Safety Public Awareness and Education Programs

The ATV Safety Institute has developed a nationwide public awareness campaign to promote the safe and responsible use of ATVs. Activities include:

  • A collection of 21 public service announcements for print and web applications addressing:
  • Age and size recommendations
  • Parental supervision
  • Environmental Responsibility
  • Training
  • Protective Gear
  • No Passengers
  • Tips and Practice Guide for All-Terrain Vehicle Riders: a booklet designed to answer a rider's questions about ATVs, increase their knowledge of proper operation and use, and help the rider learn and respect the capabilities of their ATV.
  • Parents, Youngsters and All-Terrain Vehicles: a booklet designed to help parents determine their child's readiness to ride an ATV.
  • Ride Safe, Ride Smart: a video that illustrates the safety elements of riding an ATV, as well as its many uses. Through Video Placement Worldwide, an international service company specializing in placing sponsored educational materials in our nation's classrooms, we have distributed 6,875 copies of this video which has been viewed by over 3.9 million people.
  • ATV Hotline: ASI maintains a toll-free ATV safety hotline at (800) 887-2887 to provide safety and training information, including the age recommendations for ATVs.
  • ATV Rally: an interactive CD-ROM, was distributed to 1.7 million children.

Eight Golden Rules

1. Always wear a helmet and other protective gear.

2. Never ride on public roads— another vehicle could hit you.

3. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV.

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 an ATV RiderCourse; to enroll call toll free (800) 887-2887, or go to

All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute

2 Jenner Suite 150 Irvine, CA 92618


Fact Sheet

ATV Rider Training

•Over 750,000 riders have taken the ATV Safety Institute ATV RiderCourse SM since 1989.

•Over 44,000 riders were trained in 2006.

•ASI has more than 2,000 active licensed Instructors.

•There are nearly 1,000 training locations nationwide.

•Each week 200-300 training classes are conducted nationwide.

•For the rider training location nearest you, call (800) 887-2887 or visit

2 JENNER, SUITE 150 • IRVINE, CA 92618-3806 • (949) 727-3727 • FAX (949) 727-4216

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