Preparing Your UTV for Snow and Ice
Don’t let the winter months keep you from getting outside and enjoying time behind the wheel of your UTV. Whether it is for work or pleasure, following the steps in these four areas will help you to enjoy the serenity and beauty that comes with the snow.
It is especially important during the winter to keep up with the general maintenance of your UTV. If any of the equipment is not properly maintained, the extreme temperatures could magnify issues.
At the beginning of the cold season it’s a good idea to change the oil and oil filters to prevent possible dirt settlement in the engine. This also helps to prevent internal corrosion caused from old oil sitting for too long. Check the charge on your battery or get a new one if necessary, and clean your battery terminals.
This is also a great time to inspect the frame of your UTV for any cracks or damages. The same can be said for your tires. Fix any flats or damages, and ensure that the tire thread is up to par.
There’s no reason to be uncomfortable while you’re out on your UTV in the snow.
If you don’t already have a windshield for your UTV, now would be a great time to check out the selection at UTV Windshield and Accessories. Or perhaps you have a half windshield and are looking to upgrade to a full windshield. You’ll find a wide selection at UTV Windshield and Accessories.
A great way to stay cozy during winter riding is a cab enclosure. You can stay comfortable and protected from the elements with most models.
If you want to stay extra warm, consider outfitting your UTV with heaters.
Will you be spending a lot of time in the snow? Consider snow tires and investing in a snow blade or a snow blower. You’ll be able to drive your UTV while maintaining your property.
Along with your general maintenance, here are a few things that should receive special attention during the cold winter months.
Be sure to grease all fittings with proper lubrication to protect against any moisture or corrosion.
Also, check that all fluid levels, particularly antifreeze, and concentration are as they should be. Cold temperatures can cause tires to lose some pressure, so be sure to check that too.
If you live somewhere with frequent snowfall and freezing temperatures, and would like to wash your UTV, avoid the freezing by washing with warm water and mild soap. Otherwise save the washing for another time.
Warm up your UTV before going out in extremely cold temperatures, and check the radiator for any blockages caused by packed-on snow.
If you’re headed out on your UTV during the dead of winter, take all cautionary measures to have an enjoyable and safe ride.
Have food and water with you, as well a blanket and extra clothing. Be sure to also have a first aid kit, flashlight, matches, steel wool, compass, whistle, and flares.
Let someone know where you are going and how long you’ll be gone. It’s also a good idea to take a cell phone, radio or GPS.
Remember, buckling up is important no matter what the weather conditions are. And reduce your speed when driving in wet or icy conditions or when there is low visibility.
Now get out there and enjoy the great outdoors!