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Choosing A Helmet For UTV Riding

UTVs give you precisely the reliable, durable transport you need, whether you’re towing and hauling on the farm or off-roading across dunes and through forests. Regardless of whether you’re riding for work or play, you’ll want to take every precaution to keep yourself safe, since UTV riding can be somewhat risky. The best precaution you can take is investing in a good helmet that provides you with protection in the event of an impact or accident.

Looking for UTVs for sale in Texas? Family Powersports Lubbock is your local UTV dealer, so come see us when you need a UTV. In the meantime, here’s why you should invest in a helmet for UTV riding!

The Importance of Wearing a Helmet On A UTV

While you might feel as though nothing can touch you when you’re riding your UTV, this is a dangerous attitude to have. Your vehicle is perfectly durable, but that doesn’t mean it can protect you in the event of a crash. UTVs don’t have sides or roofs or even windshields in some cases, and even with a seat belt on, you could suffer a head injury easily or even be thrown from the vehicle. UTVs are not designed to thoroughly protect you in the event of a crash or impact, so you need to do what you can to protect yourself, and a helmet should be your top priority when it comes to safety gear.

Different Types of Helmets

UTV-specific helmets don’t really exist, so you’ll have to look elsewhere to find the ideal head protection for your UTV riding. Not just any old helmet will work — for example, you should never wear a bicycle helmet or half-helmet for UTV riding. These won’t offer nearly enough protection in the case of an accident. These helmet styles also don’t give you any face protection. Motorcycle helmets can be worn while UTV riding as they offer plenty of padding and a facemask, but they can be very hot and heavy to wear at the lower speeds of UTV riding. The best type of helmet for UTV riding is a motocross helmet. These are lightweight but strong and rated for high-impact extreme sports riding, so they’re perfect for UTV riding conditions.

Fit and Comfort

No matter which style you go with, you’ll want it to fit your head securely and be comfortable to wear. A well-fitting and comfortable helmet is one you’ll wear, which is the goal here. Your helmet should fit on your head snugly without being too tight when you put it on. If it slides back and forth, it’s too loose. The better your helmet fits, the better it will protect you in an accident or impact event, too.

Goggles Vs. Facemask

Having acquired a helmet to protect your brain, you’ll need to protect your face, and particularly your eyes, from all the debris that can fly up when you’re off-roading. Your choices here are a facemask or a pair of goggles. Some helmets come with a facemask on them which will work very well for shielding your face, and you can get UV tinting for sun protection. Others have no facemask, so you’ll need to invest in a well-fitting pair of goggles that are comfortable to wear with your helmet. You can find goggles that have UV tinting, anti-fogging lenses and ventilation to make them even more practical for UTV riding. A facemask gives you more thorough protection, but it can be hot and might fog up easily. Goggles won’t protect you as much, but are very compact and more freeing to wear.

Now that you know what safety gear you should equip yourself with, you’ll want a UTV to ride while wearing it! Our UTV dealership carries a great selection of UTVs for sale, so come visit us. If your UTV needs parts or services, you can schedule a maintenance appointment with our professional mechanics. Family Powersports Lubbock serves the cities of Lake Tanglewood, Plainview and Seminole, Texas.

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