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The most awesome thing about owning an is that you can set off on an adventure in all seasons and on all terrains! No doubt you’ve navigated muddy trails, rocky paths, shallow creeks, dry river beds, and sandy dunes on your four wheeler. But what about snow? While most people think that ATVing is a warm weather sport only, there are many high-octane thrills to be enjoyed in the cold season.
There’s lot’s of offroading to be done as temperatures plummet but a certain amount of prep is required when ATVing in the snow. Family Powersports Lubbock has come up with a guide to prepare your four wheeler so that you can ride safely and without incident. Looking for all terrain vehicles for sale? Drop by our dealership in Lubbock, Texas to check out our impressive inventory.
Your four wheeler needs special attention in the winter. Sure it’s a tough vehicle, but there are steps to be taken in freezing temperatures to keep your ATV up and running. Pay attention to your engine fluids. Special coolant is required for winter as the one used during the summer could freeze (especially if water has been added to it). It’s advised to check your coolant once before starting the engine. And if your gasoline freezes up, then you’d better stay indoors, as temperature is well below freezing at this point (-40° to be exact).
You can upgrade your rig to make it more suitable for off-roading in winter. A snow plow attachment is a great way to ensure that if you get stuck in snow, you can easily clear your path. Replacing normal tires with snow tires is an added safety measure. To know more about the right accessories for the cold season, drop by our dealership for guidance from our team of professionals.
To protect your hands when riding, attach gauntlets to the handlebars of your four wheeler. This will prevent snow and wind from hitting your hands and will keep them warm and dry in gloves. Similarly, a windshield is an absolute lifesaver in rough weather and can protect you from bitter winds and precipitation.
Your ATV isn’t the only thing that needs prep. It is important to upgrade your own riding gear to keep you dry and warm when out riding. Wear a thin cap underneath your standard helmet for insulation. While a motocross helmet with goggles is advised during summer, a motorcycle helmet is a smart idea for winter and provides a full face shield and keeps you warm.
Layer up from top to bottom to protect yourself from biting winds. Wear insulated gloves and carry hand warmers in your pockets in case your fingers start to feel numb. Wear thermal underwear and snow pants to keep warm. When riding in the cold, you might want to go in for a waterproof but lightweight outer layer to keep you dry without overheating you.
When riding in the snow, be alert and adjust your riding style accordingly. Carry a map to see the kind of terrain you are traveling in. Slow down and be cautious. You wouldn’t want to ride over a partially-frozen pond and fall through! Carry some rock salt if you need more traction and avoid shiny patches of ice that could cause you to lose control of your vehicle.
These handy tips are sure to keep you safe on your wintry adventures! If you’re thinking of seeing these awesome four wheelers up close, drop by Family Powersports Lubbock and check out some of the latest all terrain vehicles for sale. We happily serve patrons from Lubbock, Lake Tanglewood, Plainview, and Seminole, Texas.
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