Safety Tips to Be Aware of Before You Ride
Don’t let your UTV adventures come to a bitter end, stay safe and stay driving. When you’re exploring with your UTV, there are a few simple tips you can implement to ensure your time on your UTV is safe.
Before you jump in, review these safety tips to make the most of your adventure.
1. Keep Your Hands and Feet in the Vehicle at All Times
It’s good advice for a rollercoaster and for a UTV. Having anything hanging out of the UTV can be very dangerous, even if you are familiar with the terrain. Whether it’s a tree your driving by or a rock knocked loose by the UTV, there are many unpredictable elements that can harm you. Remain within the safety of the vehicle.
2. Only Drive Sober
Like any other motorized vehicle, you should only drive when you are completely sober. Driving intoxicated could result in injury or even death. Drivers and riders should be in complete control before entering and operating a vehicle. Be smart, drive sober to keep yourself and others safe.
3. Stay on the Trail
Driving off trail is risky for your UTV and any riders. It’s easy to get your UTV stuck in ditches, between rocks or trees, and cause damage. With unexpected off-roading, you may all experience being thrown from the vehicle or even flipping your UTV. Aside from the danger of getting your vehicle stuck or damaged, driving on the road is also dangerous. A UTV cannot withstand a crash with a full-size car. Staying on the trail will ensure your safety in many different ways. Trails are made for UTVing and as such, they are the safest place to drive.
Wear a helmet, sturdy boots, goggles, long-sleeved shirts and pants, and any other protective gear to ensure your safety while you’re adventuring. Equip yourself with a high-quality helmet before entering a UTV to protect your head and face. Goggles will also help to protect your eyes as debris and dirt fly into you. Leaving your head and eyes vulnerable will certainly be a mistake.
5. Be Familiar with Your Surroundings
Knowing what you’re up against will help you to avoid accident and injury. Avoid surprise jumps, twists, and turns by familiarizing yourself with your surroundings before you hit the trails in your UTV. When you know where the rough terrain is, you can avoid hiccups like blown tires or a tipping vehicle as you drive smart.
6. Choose the Right UTV
Choosing a UTV that you are comfortable with and able to drive safely is the first step to a safe adventure. Not all UTVs are created equal. Driving a high-quality and safe machine will keep you and your riders enjoying your time. Be sure that you are equipped and comfortable driving your particular model before you go too far. Choose a vehicle that is the right size for you and has all of the features you require for safe driving.