Nebraska 4-H ATV Rider Course training program offered Nov. 20 |

Nebraska 4-H ATV Rider Course training program offered Nov. 20

Ashley Benes
Hall County Extension

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – The University of Nebraska of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Youth Development Program is offering youth and parents the opportunity to learn about ATV safety thanks to grants from 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).

Extension staff and volunteers have been trained as ASI licensed instructors to deliver the ASI ATV RiderCourse to communities across the state. Hands-on training will be provided to help participants develop critical-thinking skills and good-decision making skills resulting in a change in ATV-related behaviors and a reduction in ATV-related injuries and deaths in Nebraska.

A 4-H ATV RiderCourse training will be conducted in Grand Island, Neb., at Fonner Park Thompson Arena. The training will be held from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, 2010.

The course offers participants an opportunity to increase their safety knowledge and to practice basic riding skills in a controlled environment under the direct supervision of a licensed instructor. The RiderCourse includes pre-ride inspection, starting and stopping, quick turns, hill riding, and emergency stopping and swerving and riding over obstacles. Participants learn about protective gear, local regulations, places to ride and environmental concerns.

If you would like to sign up for the ATV Safety Institute 4-H ATV RiderCourse Training, please contact Ashley Benes at the UNL Extension office in Hall County at (308) 385-5088 or Jim Schneider at the UNL Extension office in Hamilton County at (402) 694-6174. More information is also available on the Hall County website at

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