5 UTV Safety Tips for Winter Driving
Winter is just around the corner, and that means cold, snow, and ice. Typically, UTV riding is reserved for warmer weather, but if you love biting the bullet in winter, you’re in for quite the experience. Beautiful, snow-covered scenery capture nature at its most vulnerable and deceptive. Don’t be caught blindsided by dangers you can avoid. Discover some safety tips for UTV winter driving, so you get the best out of off-roading in the winter wonderland.
1. Prepare Your UTV
Before you head out, ensure you have fully prepared your UTV for driving on winter land. Give your UTV a proper checkup. For instance, consider changing your oil to something that handles the cold better. Using a fuel conditioner and cleaning your air filter, as well as checking your battery, are ways to keep things running smoothly and won’t catch you off guard in freezing temperatures. Also, check your tires for air pressure.
2. Dress Appropriately
You never know what to expect in winter, so dress for the weather. Your regular riding gear won’t cut it in frigid temperatures, so dress in several layers of lightweight clothing, instead of one layer of heavy clothing to accommodate to changing conditions. Your outer garments must be waterproof to help keep you dry. Invest in functional quality boots and gloves. A facemask or balaclava keeps your face protected from cold and wind.
3. Bring Emergency Supplies
You must prepare yourself for anything regarding winter off-roading, so bring a first-aid kit, but ensure you adequately contain it. Other things you’ll want with you include:
- Matches/fire starter
- Extra blankets/extra clothing
- Cell phone, radio, or other communication devices
- Tow Strap
- Sand for Traction
It’s also a good idea to let people know where you’re going and expect to come back, so if there’s an emergency, they know where to find you.
4. Add Accessories
Keeping an additional few accessories on hand will help keep you safe and warm; these may include adding chains to your tires for better traction, investing in bigger and more aggressive tires to prevent you from getting stuck in snowdrifts, a windshield, cab heater, or steering wheel heaters to add to your comfort.
5. Know the Signs
In addition to bringing added gear and emergency supplies, it’s vital you know the signs of hypothermia and frostbite and other cold-weather injuries. Frostbite can occur in minutes if out in temperatures below zero. Some of these symptoms include cold skin and a prickly feeling, and then numbness sets in. Red, white, or bluish-white or grayish-yellow skin appears, as well as hard or waxy-looking skin. You could be clumsy due to joint and muscle stiffness, and blistering after rewarming can occur in the worst cases. Get the person in a blanket and get to a hospital immediately.
Hypothermia carries with it signs such as uncontrollable shivering, blue lips, fatigue, slurred speech, weak pulse, slow, shallow breathing, confusion or memory loss, and loss of consciousness. If you notice any of these signs in you or someone else, get off the road immediately and seek shelter and help.
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