4-H ATV Safety Classes
The 4-H Youth Development Program offers youth and parents the opportunity to learn about ATV safety thanks to grants awarded by National 4-H Council as part of the 4-H ATV Safety Grant Program, a collaboration among local 4-H groups, the national 4-H Youth Development Program and the ATV Safety Institute (ASI).
ATV Injuries in Arkansas
Serious ATV injuries affect more than 100,000 people each year in the United States. The state of Arkansas averages more than 15 ATV-related deaths per year and has one of the nation's highest rates of injury for those 16 and under.
Close to 90 percent of ATV crashes in Arkansas occur with drivers under age 16 driving an adult-sized ATV (the engine size is greater than 90 cubic centimeters). Recent research demonstrates that children under 16 continue to suffer a disproportionate share of injuries, do not wear helmets and fail to receive formal ATV training. Every child under 16 should be supervised and should never be permitted to ride an adult-sized ATV.
It is recommended to wear the proper riding gear at all times. Recommended riding equipment includes: DOT-approved motorcycle helmet, goggles or face shield, over-the-ankle boots, sturdy gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirt or jacket. If you need gear, contact the instructor, and it will be provided.
ATV Safety Institute (ASI) Online courses are a great way to learn the fundamentals of the ATV riding, with an emphasis on risk management and avoidance. The free online safety courses on the ASI website (www.atvsafety.org) are custom designed for each specific adult, teen (12-15 years old) and youth (6-11 years old) audience.
These online courses are a great way to learn about ATV safety strategies, but you don't have to stop there. Upon completion of the age appropriate ASI Online E-Course, the student can simply show their printed certificate of completion and be eligible to participate in the free, specially designed S Course version of the popular ASI Ridercourse - actually operating and riding ATVs.
To begin your ATV Safety E-Course adventure, simply follow the link (www.atvsafety.org) and set up an account. It's absolutely free and you can visit the site as many times as you need to finish the course.
To take an actual ASI RiderCourse, call your local county agent or contact the Arkansas 4-H ATV Safety program at 501-671-2053 to check for classes in your area.