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What To Do If You’re In A UTV Accident
No one wants to think about getting in an accident when you’re spending time on your UTV. But there’s no denying that you’ve heard stories from friends and acquaintances, and seen the stories on the news – UTV accidents do happen and when they do, they can be very dangerous. In fact, UTV’s and ATV’s result in some of the highest number of injuries and fatalities of all off-road accidents. Whether you are involved in an accident or you happen upon one, in order to help keep you and other drivers safe, it’s important to know what to do if you’re in a UTV accident. Here are four steps to follow in case of an accident.
Instead of dealing with a UTV accident, avoid one altogether in the first place. This isn’t always possible, but being conscious of your limits and driving safely (especially in compromising weather situations) will protect you from UTV accidents. Do not drive or let others drive who are inexperienced or reckless. Of course, you should never drive a UTV if you are under the influence. Keeping your UTV up-to-date with all maintenance will also protect you from unnecessary accidents. Pay special attention to properly maintain your engine, your brakes, and steering. You should also check with your manufacturer regularly for any defective parts or recalls. Another way to prevent more serious accidents is to always wear your seat belt in your UTV. Certain accessories can help keep you safe as well. To protect you from debris or even during a collision, see the professionals at UTV Windshields & Accessories for the best windshields on the market.
Wearing the appropriate clothing and gear while UTV riding can keep you safe in an accident, and even save your life. Wearing a good helmet can take any accident from a life to a death situation. A helmet should be your number-one priority, but it’s also important to wear appropriate shoes and clothing. You should preferably wear boots that cover the ankle and clothing that covers your skin. Gloves to protect your hands and a good set of goggles to protect your eyes are also great ideas.
Prepare for the Worst
Once you are properly dressed and driving carefully, you can also prepare for an accident by keeping a good first aid kit with you at all times. It will probably come in handy several times before you’re in an accident! (Who doesn’t occasionally get a scratch or get stung by a bee?). But if an accident does happen, make sure you are prepared and know how to use your first aid kit if someone is more seriously injured. Keep a radio with so you’re able to respond for help too. Know How to Respond Someday you may come across an accident, which means it is important to know how to properly respond. In a first aid course, you’ll learn the ABC’s of first on the scene assessment; airway, breathing, circulation, disability, exposure. Check to make sure the victim’s airways are open, are they breathing, and if they have a pulse. Then you should check to see if they can feel their extremities and if they can answer basic questions. Lastly, look for any visible cuts or wounds. These are just the basics; it would also be extremely beneficial to take a first aid course. Knowing how to do CPR is also crucial.