Riding a UTV in the Snow

Riding a UTV in the Snow

Many UTVs are capable of a thrilling adventure out on a snowy trail. Use the following tips to set yourself up for a successful ride.

1. Know Your UTV

It's important to familiarize yourself with the UTV's performance capabilities and limitations before you take it out on a snowy trail. That way, you'll be able to realistically assess whether your side-by-side can safely traverse a given trail.

For example, make sure that your UTV can maintain the traction needed for a trail that's more slick and may have spots of ice.

2. Dress Appropriately

Dressing appropriately for cold weather is an important part of staying safe while riding UTVs in the snow. Wear several layers of clothing to help trap heat close to your body, for example, and utilize accessories like hats, gloves, and scarves.

3. Take Necessary Supplies

Having the right supplies can help ensure that you stay safe and comfortable in any weather conditions.

Remember to bring a first aid kit, a GPS device, blankets, food and water, flares, jumper cables, tools, a firestarter, and a shovel.

It's best to pack as if you'll get stuck in the snow. If you do get stuck, you'll be equipped to get yourself out of the snow in no time.

4. Stick to Cleared Trails

When riding UTVs in the snow, it's important to stick to cleared trails as much as possible. Look for paths that have been marked by other vehicles or foot traffic so that you know the path is safe to traverse. UTVs may not be able to handle deep snow drifts or thick ice sheets, so staying on cleared trails can help you avoid getting stuck or having an accident.

With the proper preparation and knowledge, UTVs can provide a thrilling winter experience for all riders! If you're in the market for a side-by-side, check out the selection at Owen Motor Sports. Our dealership is located in Charleston and Effingham, Illinois.