This time of year, the trails will look different, and the terrain can prove to be more challenging due to snow and ice. Since Intimidator UTVs are built for year-round enjoyment, why store it until the spring? Here are a few tips to consider in hopes that you will get out there and have an unbelievable winter experience on your Intimidator.
MAINTAIN IT TO SUSTAIN IT
Before you head out into your winter wonderland, make sure you have fully prepared your UTV for winter riding. The first rule of maintenance is to remember to change your oil to something more cold-weather friendly, as most 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.
STYLE IT AND PROFILE IT
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.
Other accessory options include our new Intimidator Cab Heater which runs the cold out and puts the heat in! Another must have is a good, reliable winch to ensure you can get out of anything dicy and icy!
Our Pro Staff recommends buying one of our winches that has the synthetic rope. This is just as strong as most wire-type winches, and is much more safe to use!
Our Warn 4500S Winch features include:
50’ of lightweight, easy-to-handle 1/4” synthetic rope, hawse fairlead, and zinc-plated hook
Huge 4,500 lb. capacity available for the hardest-working UTVs
Load-holding brake for great control
Durable all-metal construction
New clutch design based on legendary WARN 4WD hub lock know-how
Complete waterproof sealing keeps all the elements out
Semi-gloss back powder-coated finish and stainless steel fasteners for corrosion resistance
Smooth and reliable all-metal three-stage planetary gear train
Dash-mounted rocker control and corded remote
Limited lifetime warranty (mechanical), 3-year warranty (electrical)
Other accessories to consider are a UTV Cover, as well as a full-cab enclosure. Some of our enclosure options include the Intimidator ArmorTech Classic Cab Enclosure and the Intimidator ArmorTech GC1K Cab Enclosure. Both come complete with doors, roof, back, and front, and are made in the USA.
WEAR IT - DON’T BARE IT
Not wearing proper clothing and safety gear in the winter is perhaps the biggest mistake UTV drivers make. 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.
I WILL SURVIVE
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.
RIDE, RIDE, RIDE, LET IT RIDE!
*photo courtesy of H&S Performance.
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 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.