Safety Measures when Using UTVs

UTV on dirt road

Over the years, the use of utility tasks vehicles among many farmers and as amphibious hunting UTVs has increased drastically, thanks to their higher horsepower than that of an all-terrain vehicle. The pros at Shank’s Argo share that unlike ATVs, UTVs have extra features such as a cargo bed, power steering, and seating space for passengers, which enhance the versatility of these vehicles.

However, like any machine, it is crucial you go through the manufacturer’s manual to understand the recommended uses, maintenance tips, and safety guidelines.

Some safety measures you should undertake are:

Operator’s Safety

The operator should not ride when under the influence of any types of drugs. The rider should always fasten the safety belt before starting the vehicle. Even if your UTV has a roll bar, always buckle up for extra protection should you experience a roll-over.

Proper securing of loads on the cargo bed is vital to prevent the goods from shifting positions during transportation.

Passenger’s Safety

The passenger should be in a position to grab the handholds when comfortably seated. Like the operator, the passenger should always remain in their seat while the UTV is moving.

Minimizing Overturn Incidents

Overturn incidents are common with UTVs but are entirely avoidable. Avoid riding on very steep land, and always keep a safe distance from the edge of ditches. When riding on rugged terrain, lower your speed for quick and easy maneuvers. Loading heavy goods raises the center of mass of the vehicle; thus, be careful when making turns.

Buckling up, staying in the vehicle, and carefully choosing the loads are some ways you can assure your safety and that of your passenger when using amphibious hunting vehicles. Following the above safety precautions will protect you from accidents during operation and prolong the life of your UTV.