Going out in your UTV is fun, but it’s important to stay safe, too. If you’re bringing along a first timer and need to give them a rundown of the safety basics, here’s a handy cheat sheet for you to use – it’s a good reference for any beginner rider! Print it out if you want to and keep it handy.
- Keep Your Limbs Inside the Vehicle – This rule is not just for amusement parks. Using your arms or legs alter the path of your side by side could cause an injury. You should let your cage, doors, and windows do the dirty work and hold on to your handholds.
- Have Supervision – Every new rider or driver needs to be supervised. Pure and simple.
- Practice Makes Perfect – Before you attempt anything beyond an easy ride, it’s a smart idea to practice. This allows you to get a feel for the UTV, making sure you’ll be able to handle any issue a track might throw your way. Training classes are available for first-time UTV drivers and always learn from someone experienced – don’t just hit the gas and go.
- Wear Safety Equipment – You may think that you look like a nerd, but wearing safety equipment can save your life. Helmets, gloves, goggles, and boots are available for side by side drivers and passengers to give you extra protection.
- Do a Pre-Ride Check – Check the vehicle to make sure it’s ready to go, safe, and sound before you head out.
- Stay Sober – Drinking and driving is never a good idea, so don’t drink before you get behind the wheel of your side by side. Just. Don’t. Do. It.
- Survey the Trail – Newbies need to know where they’re going and what they’re up against, so be sure to survey the trail before you go for a ride so you know if you can handle it.
- Be Alert and Observant – Always be aware of your surroundings and use common sense. Seriously.
Stay save out there, side by siders!