The ASI ATV RiderCourse provides hands-on training, with emphasis on the safety implications relating to each lesson. Students will learn basic techniques for riding an all-terrain vehicle responsibly. The lessons include starting and stopping, quick turns, hill riding, swerving, and riding over obstacles; as well as specific requirements for classes attended by children under the age of 16.
Students participate in both discussion and riding lessons. In addition, the Instructor evaluates rider performance during each lesson and provides a written copy of this evaluation to each student at the end of training.
All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are essentially today's workhorse and are used primarily for utility purposes to conduct "on-duty" and "off-duty" jobs.
"On-duty uses include commercial work applications such as farming, ranching, construction, oil production, land management, field maintenance, and facilities management at sporting events. Other examples include law enforcement, military and rescue operation, including lifeguard beach patrol, the Gulf War (Desert Storm), and rescue/cleanup efforts during floods, hurricanes, fires, and earthquakes.
"Off-duty" uses include transporting gear to a fishing spot, campsite or hunting ground, hauling firewood from the backwoods to the homestead, or preparing a small spread of ground for a vegetable or herb garden.
ATVs are four-wheeled motorized vehicles designed for a single rider for use only on off-road terrain. The vehicles are powered by gasoline engines and equipped with four low-pressure tires, a seat that a single rider straddles, and handlebars for steering.
The leading distributors are engaged in highly visible communications efforts targeted to users and prospective buyers about the safe and responsible use of ATVs. As part of these efforts free training is offered by these distributors to all individuals who purchase new ATVs, including the purchaser's eligible family members. Training also is available for a modest fee to all other interested parties who are not eligible for free training.
Training is conducted through the ATV Safety Institute (ASI), a not-for-profit division of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America (SVIA). Developed as an outgrowth the SVIA all-terrain vehicle training program, ASI was formed to implement an expanded national program of ATV safety education, awareness, and training.
The Specialty Vehicle Institute of America is an information source about the ATV industry. SVIA provides information on ATV standards as well as promoting model state legislation on ATV riding. It also serves as a liaison with state and federal agencies on ATV training and environmental issues.