There is nothing more exhilarating than riding the trails in the winter when you own an Intimidator UTV. Not only is the air crisp and clean, but the scenery with snow-covered wilderness can be breathtaking! With a new season, the trails will look different and the terrain can prove to be more challenging due to snow and ice. Winter riding conditions are no joke! As beautiful and exciting as the ride can be, there are potential dangers you need to be aware of and be prepared for. Here are some tips from the Intimidator Pro Staff that will make your cold-weather UTV experience more enjoyable!
Before you head out into your winter wonderland, make sure you have fully prepared your vehicle for winter riding. You’ll want to keep your UTV running as smoothly as possible. The first rule is to remember to change your oil to something more cold-weather friendly, as mosts oils will tend to be more thick this time of year. Using a cold-weather oil will make your engine smile! Other things to consider include using a fuel conditioner, keep your air filter changed/cleaned, and be sure your battery is fully charged and adequate for cold temps.
This is a topic that we sometimes take for granted. Countless individuals have gone out to conquer the snow-covered trails, only to find themselves stuck or perhaps even worse, lost. You must go prepared for being exposed to long hours of cold weather. Make sure everyone in your crew is dressed in several layers of lightweight clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Your outer garments should at least be water resistant, if not waterproof to help keep you dry. Wear warm, waterproof boots and gloves. You may also want to consider a balaclava or facemask to keep your face nice and toasty.
Adding a few accessories to your UTV can help keep you safe and warm on winter rides. For those who find themselves bogged down in snow during winter months, a snow plow added to your Intimidator can help clear paths quickly and help you do what needs to get done. The Intimidator Snow Plow from Bad Dawg Accessories is just what you need to make a never-ending task manageable.
A reliable winch is not only a good thing to have in the winter, but you’ll find one very handy year round. We highly recommend using one of our winches that come with a synthetic rope instead of a steel cable. Synthetic is not only more safe, but has become the choice for avid UTV owners over recent years. A winch can get you out of the many compromising situations!
If you plan on spending long hours in your Intimidator UTV during the cold winter months, then upgrade your ride by outfitting it with a full-cab enclosure like our Classic ArmorTech Cab. This will help keep you out of the cold elements and out and about for longer periods of time. For added comfort, many UTV cab enclosures can have a heater added.
Keep emergency supplies on hand just in case things don’t roll your way. If you do happen to run into some trouble on the trail, here are some things you may want to have with you:
Matches and other supplies to start a fire
Extra blanket and/or extra clothing
First Aid Kit
Cell phone, radio, or some sort of communication device
GPS (some GPS units come with SOS technology for added safety)
In addition to bringing extra gear with you, you’ll want to be able to recognize symptoms of frostbite, hypothermia, and other cold-weather injuries. If possible, get off the trail or call for help if you see any of these conditions. Knowing basic treatment for these ailments could help as well. And be sure to let someone know where you are going to be riding. This is always a good idea, regardless of the season.
Using your UTV during the winter can be a great source of entertainment for you and your family. With some advanced preparation, and by utilizing these safety tips, you will enjoy the cold months with your UTV in comfort, and with peace of mind. This is also a great time of year to get amazing deals on our Intimidator UTVs at a dealer near you! Your beautiful winter landscapes await - so get out there and ride! Most of all, be safe.