Driving a side-by-side vehicle can be an exciting and enjoyable way to explore the outdoors. However, drivers need to gain some experience before they can be sure of driving safely and comfortably.
The following are six mistakes that are important for new and inexperienced drivers of side-by-side vehicles to avoid.
Off-roading into remote locations without the right supplies
You never know when you can deal with a flat tire or another malfunction that could leave you stranded if you're unable to handle it yourself or call for help. If you're going to be off-roading, it's definitely important to have a cell phone with you so that you can communicate and call for help if necessary. It's also important to have water and a first aid kit with you when you're off-roading.
Riding alone before you have enough experience
It's always safest to ride in groups. This is especially true for riders without a lot of experience. You should wait to go out online on your side-by-side at least until you're experienced and confident.
Not having important safety gear on
You need to be equipped with the proper gear in order to drive your side-by-side safely. Some of the protective gear you should make sure to have on includes a helmet, goggles for eye protection, and good shoes. You should also make sure you always have your seat belt on while riding.
Traveling in your side-by-side vehicle on public roads
Side-by-side vehicles were not designed to be used on public roads or on paved roads. The tires of a side-by-side vehicle are low-pressure tires that are designed to handle uneven terrain. In many areas, you will not even be legally permitted to drive a side-by-side on public roads.
Being unfamiliar with etiquette standards
In addition to learning how to drive a side-by-side vehicle, you also need to learn about etiquette standards. Some examples of trail etiquette standards you will be expected to meet include slowing down when passing by campgrounds, traveling to the right side of trails, and riding only on trails that are designated for vehicle use.
Failing to keep your arms and legs safely inside the vehicle at all times
Extremities need to be kept inside the vehicle at all times. It's very dangerous to have an arm or a leg outside the vehicle while traveling because you could pass an obstacle that will strike you and cause injury.