Stay Safe in Your Side-by-Side

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You have purchased a top quality off-road vehicle and are ready to tackle the wilderness. With hours of adventure in front of you, the last thing you want is get stuck somewhere. In other words, up the proverbial creek without a paddle. Here are six tips that will help you have a great time and either avoid problems or be able to solve them.

Inspect the Mirrors

Your mirrors are your eyes behind your head. They help you see the deep mud, tree branches, boulders or other traps in all directions. Your Polaris mirrors need to be correctly installed in order for you to be accurately aware of your surroundings. If you are racing, your mirrors will also help you keep track of your competition.

Protect your Eyes

While driving through the great outdoors, mud, pebbles, sand and twigs may fly all around you. If you wear protective goggles that are specially made for off-road driving, this debris will simply go its own way. However, if your eyes are not protected, the debris could find its way into your eyes and at best cause irritation and at worst seriously injure your eyes.

Tell Your Friends

Before you take off, make sure you have informed your family or friends where you are planning to go and when you plan to return. If you do not return at the designated time, they will know where to start looking for you. Even in the easiest terrain, it is possible to be stuck or take the wrong turn and get lost. One way to minimize these problems is to travel in twos. You can help each other out of difficult situations and one may be able to return for help.

Pack More, Not Less

Whenever and wherever you go, you should pack for the worst-case scenario. That means extra clothes, extra water, medical supplies, energy food and anything else you might need to get through a night in the wilderness. In addition, remember, strap it all down if you don’t want it flying off your vehicle and joining the flying debris.

Keep Your Arms and Legs Inside

There may be the tendency to want to stand up, hang on to the roll bar or touch the trees, cliffs or water. This is not a good idea as your arms and legs can be scraped and injured. If the vehicle starts to tilt or roll, you may instinctively put out your foot to stop it. Not only will this not work, if the vehicle does roll, you could be caught underneath it. Whether your vehicle holds two or four people, everyone should keep their whole body inside. This is also true if your vehicle is stuck in a precarious position. Do not try to pull it to the right position by hand.

Take Regular Breaks

Off-road driving takes concentration and physical effort. If you feel fatigued at any time, you should stop and take a rest or let someone else drive. Driving when you are tired is an accident waiting to happen. When you do stop, always lock down the vehicle by putting on the emergency brake, putting the vehicle in park and turning off the engine.

Off-road adventures are fun and challenging at the best of times. Following a few simple safety tips will help ensure that your travels stay fun.