ATV & UTV Safety Tips
POSTED Mar 31, 2014
Maintain your Tires
- For frequent riders, make sure you check and maintain a consistent air pressure on your tires.
- Avoid storing your ATV or UTV (Side By Sides) in the sun; use tire covers if you do to avoid damage due to the sun’s rays.
- If you live in an area that is subject to extreme cold, consider putting your ride on blocks to keep the pressure off of your tires. Extreme cold will lower the pressure on your tires which will substantially increase tire wear as well as resulting in poor, dangerous handling.
Use the Correct Pressure
- Lowering air pressure directly affects load capacity; make sure to adjust your load if you know you want to air down your tires.
- UTVs require a higher air pressure to operate safely than ATVs. The air pressure for ATVs is not a safe operating pressure for UTVs. Please consult your vehicle owner’s manual for proper operating pressure.
- If you plan to ride at high speeds, a higher tire pressure is recommended.
Choose a Tire Based on the Terrain
- Rock: Select a tire that is made of a softer compound and inflate to a lower pressure. This increases the ability of the tires to contour to the rocky terrain, increasing traction. Choose a tire with more lugs for even greater tire-to-surface contact.
- Hardpack: A higher tire pressure improves handling on hardpack dirt. Look for tires with a tread pattern that features dense, short knobs.
- Sand: A paddle tire will provide the proper traction in sand with its large rubber surfaces.
- Mud: Choose tires with larger lugs, directional tread patterns, and big gaps for the best combination of traction with enough clear out to keep your tires from accumulating too much mud and reducing performance.
- Roads: Make sure to check with your local laws for the proper street-legal ATV/UTV regulations. Some areas will require DOT-approved ATV/UTV tires.