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ATV RiderCourse

What is involved in a 4-H ATV Safety RiderCourse?

Participants must attend a hands-on, half-day 4-H ATV RiderCourse that is conducted by a licensed ATV Safety Institute instructor.

Who is eligible to participate in the ATV RiderCourse?

A parent must be present for riders under 12; parents are encouraged to be present for riders under 16.

How much does it cost to participate in an ATV RiderCourse?

The ATV Safety Institute has valued the 4-H ATV RiderCourse at $55 for each youth 6–15 years of age and $75 per person for those over 15. However, Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H ATV Safety Program does not charge for this training because a grant from the ATV Safety Institute and National 4-H Council covers expenses.

Can participants of the ATV Safety RiderCourse use their own ATV unit?

Participants of the ATV Safety RiderCourse can most definitely use their own unit as long as the ATV unit is of the appropriate size for the rider based on ASI’s standards.  If the participant does not have an ATV of the appropriate size, he or she can make specific arrangements with the Instructor and one will be made available at the training site.

What should I bring to the ATV Safety RiderCourse

In order to participate in the ATV RiderCourse, participants must wear proper riding gear at all times during the training that include the following:

1. DOT-approved motorcycle helmet
2. Sturdy gloves
3. Goggles or face shield
4. Over-the-ankle boots 
5. Long pants 
6. Long-sleeved shirt or jacket

(Note: If a participant needs specific riding gear, contact the instructor and that gear can be arranged)

For more information about ATV safety or to enroll in the ATV Safety Institute 4-H ATV RiderCourse nearest you, contact your local Extension office or the State 4-H Office at 662-325-3350. 

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Publications

Publication Number: M1742

News

Three young people drive ATVs on a marked course in a field during a safety training.
Filed Under: ATV Safety September 18, 2018

Abbye Buchanan, of Florence, is the 2018 winner of the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H ATV Safety PSA Contest. Buchanan is 11 years old and has been a member of 4-H for 3 years. (File photo/MSU Extension Service)

A teenage boy in a blue and white long-sleeved shirt and protective gear, including a red and black helmet and black gloves, rides a red ATV around orange cones during a safety class. (Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: 4-H, 4-H Safety Programs, ATV Safety June 5, 2018

It's ATV Safety Week! (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

A young rider in full safety gear navigates a turn on an all-terrain vehicle.
Filed Under: ATV Safety May 18, 2018

June 2-10 is ATV Safety Week  

WEST POINT, Miss. -- Many Mississippians enjoy the usefulness and thrill of riding all-terrain vehicles, but the dangerous nature of these machines is highlighted in the June 2-10 4-H ATV Safety Week.

Mississippi ranks 15th in the nation in ATV-related deaths. In 2017, nine youngsters died after suffering traumatic injuries in ATV accidents.

A hunter in camouflage and an orange vest places his rifle into storage on the back of an ATV in the woods.
Filed Under: ATV Safety November 30, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Hunting and driving all-terrain vehicles are so linked in Mississippi that many people forget safety precautions when using these powerful machines.

Bradley Staton, Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H ATV associate, offered a few tips to increase the chances that people will have a safe time in the woods on ATVs.

"Always wear protective gear," Staton said. "That means a helmet to protect the head if you lose control and flip the ATV, and appropriate clothing, including long sleeves, a jacket and boots. And, since it's hunting season, always wear an orange vest so others hunters in the same area can see you."

Use off-road vehicles on designated trails, such as this one at the Jimmy Bryan 4-H Youth Complex in West Point, Mississippi, to reduce negative impacts on the environment. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Leslie Burger)
Filed Under: ATV Safety, Wildlife September 9, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Speeding along a wooded trail on a bright, chilly morning can bring a lot of enjoyment and excitement. And it sure is a lot easier getting to that back-country deer blind or dove field if you can load up all the gear and head off on wheels.

But the off-road vehicle you may be riding -- whether a 4x4 all-terrain vehicle, side-by-side utility vehicle or dirt bike -- has some downsides. While undeniably fun and useful in transportation, an off-road vehicle can also be an environmental hazard and personal nuisance when used incorrectly.  

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