How to Avoid the Dust and Sand Swirl in Your UTV
Dust and sand swirl season can be a fun time to ride your UTV, but it can also be uncomfortable if your vehicle isn’t covered.
Whether you’re heading out on a leisurely mountain ride, a thrilling dune adventure, or are just zipping across your property, sand, dust, or leaves can make their way into your cab and swirl all around. Just about every rider, seasoned or beginner, experiences this obnoxious problem and understands how frustrating it can be to be on an exciting excursion, only to find yourself eating dust.
What is the best way to avoid the dust and sand swirl from creeping into your UTV? Keep reading to find out.
What Causes the Dust and Sand to Swirl Inside Your UTV Cab?
The two leading causes of swirls inside your cabin are open sides and a large amount of airflow. UTVs with no doors, or partial doors, and no windshield are especially susceptible to the dreaded sand and dust swirls.
How to Handle the Swirl:
There are several things you can do to manage the swirl:
Invest in Protective Eyewear — This is more of a bandaid, live-with-the-problem sort of fix. If you’re not already wearing some (and you probably should be), it is time to invest in some goggles. In these situations, your favorite, go-to sunglasses won’t do the trick. You’ll need fitted goggles to keep dust, sand, dirt, wind, and glares out of your eyes.
Don a Dust Mask — In the realm of protective gear, we suggest wearing a dust mask. Whether you tie a bandana around your nose and mouth or use a legitimate mask, wearing some sort of dust mask will keep you from eating dirt.
Helmet — We really hope you’re already sporting a helmet! In addition to keep your noggin protected, a helmet will shield your face from swirling dust and sand.
Half Windshields — Half windshields are an effective method of keeping wind, dust, and sand off your body and face. The lower half of the frame is covered, allowing airflow to blow just above your head (this is especially nice on cold days!) and to the back. Dust won’t settle inside your cab but instead flows to the rear and back outside because of the partial vacuum effect.
Full Tilt Windshields and Rear Panels — This is, by far, the best solution for dust swirls. Adding a full-tilt windshield and rear window panel to your machine will solve your problem of dust and sand accumulating in your UTV. This pairing creates a repelling airflow that pushes air from the cabin and out the sides of your machine. Instead of getting trapped inside, dust and sand can escape out the sides. While sand and dust are an inevitable part of UTVing, this is the most effective method for repelling dust.