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Summer Safety Alert from the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute

IRVINE, Calif.--Aug. 1, 20052, 2005--The dog days of summer are upon us, but Mike Mount of the All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute(R) reminds riders that, "The hot humid weather is no reason to wear any less protective gear while riding an ATV. The nature of ATV riding demands that all riders wear the proper protective gear. Knowing what to wear and how to wear it can make riders feel more comfortable when riding and reduce the chance of injury."

ATV riders should always wear a helmet manufactured to meet Department of Transportation standards, eye protection, gloves, long pants, a long-sleeved shirt or jacket, and over-the-ankle boots when riding an ATV. Anything less is not adequate protection.

When riding an ATV, a helmet is a rider's most important piece of protective gear. A helmet can help prevent a serious head injury in the event of an mishap. Helmets should fit snugly, but not tight, and fasten securely. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 72 percent of child fatalities associated with four-wheel ATVs from 1999 to 2002 involved children who were not wearing helmets.

Protective gear is necessary in any weather, even when the temperature is warm. Off-highway riding apparel manufacturers make protective gear that is designed to be worn in hot weather and still provides the rider the protection they need, while keeping the body temperature cool to avoid fatigue and dehydration. Hot weather riding gear keeps moisture away from the body, keeping it cooler and protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. For additional protection some riders choose to wear a kidney belt and chest protector.

The All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute, a not-for-profit division of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America(R), was formed in 1988 to implement an expanded national program of all-terrain vehicle safety education and awareness. The ATV Safety Institute's primary goal is to promote the safe and responsible use of ATVs, thereby reducing accidents and injuries that may result from improper ATV operation by the rider. For safety information or to enroll in the ATV RiderCourse(SM) nearest you, visit www.atvsafety.org and click on "Online Enrollment," or call 800.887.2887.