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    The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) has launched a new e-course available to help users understand safety measures that should be taken when operating Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs). The e-course is available at rohva.org and is free.

    The course, which focuses on UTVs, will not teach you how to drive. Instead, it is designed to improve your awareness about these powerful machines and inspire a more safety-minded approach to off-highway recreation.

    The interactive course is broken down into seven areas: Understanding Your Risk, Risk Management, Understanding Your Vehicle, Driver/Operator Responsibility, Passenger Safety, Responsible Operation, and Environmental Responsibility.

    After snooping around the e-course for a little while it seems to us that it’s mostly common sense. However, we’ve found over the years that common sense isn’t all that common so if you’re thinking of lending your UTV out to a friend it’s probably a good idea to have them take the course.

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      We’re not quite sure what it is about ATVs, nudity, and Canada, but we’ve seen our second story in three months that involves all three.

      It seems a man in a small town in rural Saskatchewan ran naked in front of a woman operating a road grader at a work site. He returned a short time later riding an ATV and wearing only a helmet and proceeded to ride circles around the unimpressed woman.

      The man was later arrested for his stupidity…but at least he was bright enough to wear a helmet. We’re guessing when he goes ATVing with his friends in the future they won’t be too eager to borrow his ride. We don’t care how much you wash it…that seat is now a bio-hazard.

      The best part about this strange story are the comments it received. Glad to see our neighbors to the north have a good sense of humor.

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        Jón Gunnar Benjamínsson, a 34-year-old paraplegic, went on a five-day ATV trip across Iceland with three of his friends. Filmmaker Halldór Kolbeins documented the journey.

        According to Benjamínsson, the trip was made to raise awareness of the importance of improving accessibility of tourist facilities on the highlands of Iceland.

        Despite Iceland’s economic meltdown, a number of sponsors helped Benjamínsson complete his journey, including a Polaris dealership.

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          The ATV Safety Institute has made a handful of young ATV riders very happy after handing out seven cash prizes to the winners of its “Do the Ride Thing” video contest.

          An ASI judging panel selected the winners among dozens of entries from young enthusiasts nationwide, all aiming to highlight the “Golden Rules” of ATV Safety.

          Bobby Burns of Getzville, NY, won the grand prize of $2,500, while his younger brother Nathan won the $1,100 first place prize in the age 6-10 category.

          “This is the first video contest I’ve ever won so it’s like crazy awesome!” says Bobby Burns, age 13. “I thought protective gear was the most important message to tell kids, and also to not drive on public roads.”

          The ASI chose winners in three age categories, along with the grand prize winner, whose video can be viewed below.

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          “ASI encourages all kids to follow the Golden Rules of ATV safety, but that message can have a much greater impact when spoken by another kid,” says Paul Vitrano, executive vice president, ASI. “The ‘Do The Ride Thing’ contest allows us to draw attention to safe ATV practices and teach young riders and their parents how important it is to always ride safe/ride smart.”

          The ASI’s “Do the Ride Thing” Video Contest winners for the summer of 2010 are:

          Grand Prize
          * $2,500 Grand Prize Winner – Bobby Burns of Getzville, New York. See Bobby’s video here.
          Ages 6-10
          * $1,100 First Place Winner – Nathan Burns of Getzville, New York. See Nathan’s video here.
          Ages 11-14
          * $1,100 First Place Winner – Devin Williams and Hunter Tucker of Crossville, Alabama. See Devin & Hunter’s video here.
          * $800 Second Place Winner – Caleb McDowel of Marion, South Carolina.
          Ages 15-18
          * $1,100 First Place Winner – Tori Winslow and Timmy Winslow of Elk Grove, California. See Tori & Tim’s video here.
          * $800 Second Place Winner – Michaela Jade Poore and Brett George of Crossville, Alabama.
          * $600 Third Place Winner – Tiffany Bruce, Avery Ross and Jon Surrett of Crossville, Alabama.

          The ASI designed the contest (which ran from June 18 to Sept. 6) to inform and motivate kids and their parents on the responsible use of ATV riding while spreading the message to other young riders. Every entry took a unique approach to demonstrate safe riding practices.

          The ATV Safety Institute’s Golden Rules
          1.  Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet, goggles, long sleeves, long pants, over-the-ankle boots, and gloves.
          2. Never ride on paved roads except to cross when done safely and permitted by law – another vehicle could hit you. ATVs are designed to be operated off-highway.
          3. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
          4. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider ATV, and no more than one passenger on an ATV designed for two people.
          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 a hands-on ATV RiderCourse and the free online E-Course. Visit ATVSafety.org or call 800.887.2887.

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          ATV Safety Institute hosting video contest for young riders

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            The National Guard Polaris Yokley Racing Team appeared at the Kentucky State Fair, August 20 – 29 in Louisville Ky. Team owner William Yokley met with the soldiers and crowd, signing autographs and displaying the team race machines.

            The National Guard display was interactive, allowing visitors to sit on and examine the Polaris RZR, Outlaw 450, military trucks and Humvees, as well as rock wall climbing, jousting and obstacle courses. The display is a fair favorite and creates a great deal of interest.

            Even though the weather produced record high temperatures, more than 600,000 people attended the fair!

            Check out more photos below the jump.

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