ATV Safety Summit: Consumer Awareness: Getting the Message Out - Getting Started Riding


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Russ Ehnes, Executive Director of the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC), presented this at CPSC's ATV Safety Summit October 12, 2012. The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) presents a session about a program that is currently being developed to help individuals interested in participating in off-highway vehicle (OHV) activities, including ATV riding, for the first time get off on the right foot. The video-based program will help new riders make safe and responsible decisions when they become participants in OHV recreational activities. The videos will help them make decisions regarding the type and size of ATV that might be appropriate for them and family members, where they can get the proper safety training and why it is important to become trained, what types of safety gear are available and required to ride, where they can get information about legal and safe riding opportunities, and how they can become involved with organizations that promote safe and legal riding in their area.

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ATV Safety Summit: Consumer Awareness: Getting the Message Out - Getting Started Riding

  1. 1. An NOHVCC Program to Help New Riders Start Off Right
  2. 2. • Developed after NOHVCC outreach to identify missing components for OHV access and safety – FHWA• Discovered existing materials: • Focused on single aspects of the sport • Focused on riders who already participate
  3. 3. • Program will include webinars and webpages• Heavy use of video• Available through internet  Video portions on YouTube  Several webpages devoted to subject material• Will also be packaged for use by dealers and clubs - DVD
  4. 4. • Being developed in cooperation with MIC/SVIA/ROHVA• Coordinated marketing campaign • NOHVCC/MIC/SVIA/ROHVA • Enthusiast Press • Near enthusiast press • Manufacturers • Dealers
  5. 5. • Explain different types of OHVs and the features and uses of each type• Inform people about safety  Why to wear gear  Why to get training  Teach parents the importance of youth education  How to ride safely  Keeping machines maintained
  6. 6. • Get people involved in clubs and organizations  Positive peer pressure – learn to do things right  Understand issues about OHV access  Promoting safe and responsible riding helps preserve access  Quality riding areas help prevent riding in less desirable areas and increases the safety of riders• Making sure people follow the laws  Riding in legal places  Understanding Federal and State riding requirements
  7. 7.  OHV – Off-Highway Vehicle ATV – All-Terrain Vehicle OHM – Off-Highway Motorcycle ROV – Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle
  8. 8.  Types of ATV’s ◦ Utility/trail  One rider models  Two rider models ◦ Sport/competition  Trails or track Sizes available ◦ Must match riders physical size and capabilities and follow manufacturer’s age recommendation on vehicle warning label
  9. 9.  Recreation and Competition Models ◦ Engine types ◦ Trails or track ◦ Complying with regulations  Spark arrestors  Sound limits ◦ Enduro /motocross ◦ Dual sport / adventure
  10. 10. • 50” models• Over 50” models• Pure sport models
  11. 11. • How will it be used?  Recreational trail riding  Utility/agriculture  Competition• Choosing the right size OHV  Size/fit  State requirements for age/size  Follow manufacturer’s age recommendations
  12. 12. • Finding your State’s requirements• Available options  Hands on training  On-line training options  CD based training• Expert training vs. learning from others  Why experts are the way to go
  13. 13. • ATV Safety Institute – ATV safety training• Motorcycle Safety Foundation – OHM safety training• Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association – ROV safety training• State OHV Training Programs  Meeting state requirements
  14. 14. • What do I need to wear - Minimum  Helmet  Goggles  Long sleeves  Long pants  Gloves  Over the ankle boots
  15. 15. • What else might you consider  Chest protectors  Knee guards and braces  Neck braces  Helmet ejection systems  Hydration/gear packs
  16. 16. • Others to Ride with• Learn from responsible riders• Safety in numbers – never ride alone• Attend club events and rides• Get involved in advocacy  Trail maintenance  Assist land managers  Participate in public processes
  17. 17. • Ask your dealer and local OHV clubs • Are there private OHV parks/tracks/areas near you• Contact land managers about public land opportunities• Do the available opportunities match your vehicle choice?
  18. 18. • What do I need to carry on the ride?• What do I need to transport the OHV?• What accessories might I consider?• How do I maintain my vehicle?• How should I store my OHV?