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Making Your UTV Safe For Your Kids
Taking your UTV out with the family for an afternoon or weekend of riding is a great way to spend time together. Throw in a picnic or BBQ and a few nights camping, and you’ve got yourself the makings of wonderful childhood memories for your little ones. But with such big equipment, varying terrain and weather, there can be some cause for concern. Will this be safe for my children? Just like driving a car, risk cannot be completely eliminated. But there are many ways you can make your UTV safe for your kids.
Follow the Rules
In just about every state, there are age restrictions when it comes to who can ride a UTV. In Utah, children as young as eight-years-old can ride an ATV or UTV with supervision, and once a child reaches the age of 16 they can ride without supervision. All riders under the age of 18 will need either a safety certificate or a driver’s license. If they are under age eight, they are not legally allowed to operate an OHV on public land. These rules are put in place for a good reason; to keep UTV riders safe. By following the laws set by your individual state, you can help make your UTV safe for your kids.
Take a Class
For young riders in Utah to drive legally, they will need to obtain a safety certificate by taking an education course. The course covers topics like safe riding practices, proper machine sizing, weight distribution, responsible and ethical riding, proper handling and shifting, and riding within your ability. Not only is it required by law, but enrolling your child in a class to help them understand how their UTV works and how to ride it properly will keep them safe while out on the trails.
Wear Appropriate Gear
Providing the appropriate gear for your children while they ride a UTV is one way to make your UTV safe. In Utah, the law states that all riders under the age of 18 must wear a helmet. While not mandated, gloves, abrasion resistant clothing, and over the ankle boots are highly recommended. Everyone, regardless of age, should be wearing a helmet and appropriate clothing while operating a UTV to stay safe.
Invest in Accessories
Investing in some quality accessories for your UTV can also help make them safe for your kids. One accessory, for example, is a polycarbonate windshield from UTV Windshields & Accessories. Polycarbonate is strong enough to protect your children from rocks, tree branches, and any other debris that may be flung toward the cab while driving. It will also keep you and your kids protected from the elements. You can learn more about windshields for your UTV on UTV Windshields & Accessories Homepage.