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How to Ride Your UTV in the Snow

A little snow doesn’t have to stop you from using your UTV! With a little preparation, you can hit almost any snowy trail with ease. Maybe you want an efficient way to travel across snowy lands. Maybe you want to keep up recreational riding in the winter. Either way, you can get your side by side ready for safe and efficient riding with the following strategies. If you want more advice or want to check out UTVs for sale, visit Family Powersports Odessa, located in Odessa, Texas. We also proudly serve those in Midland and Andrews, Texas.

Get Your UTV Ready for the Cold

Your first step is to ensure your quad is able to handle the frigid temperatures. Switch out the standard engine fluids for winter-specific products that can better handle low temperatures. Check that there is not any excess water in your coolant that could freeze and replace it with a product that is safe for freezing temperatures.

You can also upgrade your side by side to be better suited for snowy riding. Add a snowplow attachment so you can easily clear yourself a path for your UTV or other vehicles. Get upgraded snow tires that will give you the traction you need. Add a full cover to keep you completely enclosed and shielded from snow and wind. These are just a few of the many accessories you can get to make your UTV ride more effective and safe in the snow. The more often you plan on riding your side by side in the wintery weather, the more worthwhile these investments are.

Prepare for the Cold

Next, you’ll need to make sure you are ready to handle the plummeting temperatures. The weather is already going to be bitterly cold. Add in the winds that pick up when you hit those high speeds on your UTV and you’re bound to suffer from shivering and chattering teeth.

To combat the cold, you’ll need the right attire. A full-face helmet is the safest option and will also help keep you warmer than other helmet options. Insulated gloves help protect your digits and you can even bring along hand warmers. Layers will help add extra warmth and are always a good idea. Make your outermost layer snow pants and a snow jacket. These clothes are designed for snowy weather and will help keep you the warmest.

Use Safe UTV Snow Riding Practices

Once your UTV is upgraded and you’ve thrown on the right attire, you are ready to hit the snow. As you cruise around, you will want to practice a range of safe driving habits. The snow brings with it an increased chance of skidding off the trail or losing traction. Snow itself is slick and there can also be spots of ice on the trail. It’s tempting to go full speed as you tear through the snow, but you’ll want to ride with caution. Go slow and steady to help keep your ride safe and accident-free. Try to keep direction changes and speed changes to a minimum and focus on staying steady and consistent. Leave yourself plenty of daylight to get back to your tow vehicle so you won’t have to worry about navigating back in the dark.

We hope you found these tips helpful. If you want more advice or want to look at UTVs for sale, visit Family Powersports Odessa. Our friendly staff is happy to answer questions and provide advice. Whatever you need, you’ll find it with us. Our dealership is in Odessa, Texas, so stop by and visit today!

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