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5 Things You Should Always Have When Riding Your UTV
No matter how short or long your UTV ride is, there are certain items you should always have with you. Not only will they keep you safe, but they will make your ride more enjoyable too! So, without further ado, here are the five things you should always have when riding your UTV.
#1. Tool Kit
Whether your UTV has an issue or you happen upon someone who is having mechanical issues, having a tool kit with you will come in handy. Hopefully it’s a simple repair that you can fix on your own. To do this, you’ll need a tool kit. A basic too kit should include a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and some wrenches. You’ll also want to make sure you have some vise grips, zip ties, duct tape, a small flashlight for those tough to see spots, and a multi-tool.
#2. Emergency Kit
Aside from your tool kit, you want to make sure you have an emergency kit too. Some items from your tool kit may actually come in handy in an emergency, but they can’t make up for things like first aid kit, and extra water. Include a radio or form of communication in case you need to get help. You’ll also want to include a fire-starting kit, a compass, extra fuel, and extra food if you have room. You never know when some extra rags may come in handy either, so throw a few in your emergency kit.
Most UTV drivers aren’t out in perfectly dry conditions. In fact, you may seek out muddy trails because they’re more fun! In that case, it’s best to plan for the unexpected. No one expects to get stuck in the mud or high-centered, but that doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t happen. That’s why you’d be wise to make sure your UTV has a winch. You can get unstuck, help others out of sticky situations, and even load your UTV with ease. The point is, there are many uses for a winch which makes it a great accessor to have with you at all times.
#4. Air Pump and Tire Plugs
Another situation that is best to plan for even if it never happens is a flat tire. When you are miles down a trail, a flat tire can create some big problems. Make sure you have a little patch kit and a small air pump on your UTV, because you never know when they will save the day.
#5. Helmet, Clothes, and Protective Gear
It has to be mentioned that the most important gear you can have on your UTV is your helmet, appropriate clothes, and protective gear. You should never ride your UTV without a helmet. And wearing long sleeves and long pants will keep you protected too. Be sure you wear boots that cover your ankles, gloves to protect your hands, and some goggles or other protective eyewear.
Keeping these five things with you when your ride your UTV will keep you and others safe. If you’re in the market for these or other UTV accessories, talk with the experts at UTV Windshields & Accessories.