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Rider Basics

UTV (side-by-side) Terminology: The Parts

Side-by-side Seats:
UTV seats are designed so that the operator and passenger sit next to each other. There are usually 2 or 4 seats, with the second row of seating in the back.
Headlights/Brake Lights:
Just like a car or truck, the headlights are in the front and the brake lights in the rear. The lights should always be on when you’re riding at night or during conditions of poor visibility.
Steering Wheel:
Located directly in front of the operator, like in a car, the steering wheel is used to control the direction of travel.
Seat Belt:
UTV operators and passengers should always wear their seatbelts. Modern UTVs come equipped with 3 or 4-point seatbelts for additional safety.
Handholds:
These are bars that the passengers hold onto for stability when getting bounced around on rough terrain.
Fuel Tank or 'Reservoir' Cap:
The fuel cap twists or pops off for fueling. Remember to always secure the cap when you’ve finished fueling.
Spark Arrestor:
Required by law, this is a small screen or object located in the muffler to prevent any flammable debris from escaping.
Footrests:
Both the operator and passengers should keep their feet planted on the footrests. This will increase stability in the UTV and minimize the risk of foot or leg injuries.
Trailer Hitch:
If equipped, your trailer hitch will be located at the rear of the machine and is used to attach and pull a trailer. Check the owner’s manual for the towing capacity of your machine before hooking up a trailer.
Winch:
A pulling device, used for hauling or lifting. Located at the front of the machine, the winch uses rope, cable or chain that wind around a rotating drum, using a crank or motor. Winches are used for removing trail obstacles, pulling other machines out of the mud and for loading machines onto trailer beds.

RIDER SAFETY TIP: BUCKLE UP

You wear a seatbelt in your car or truck when you’re driving on smooth, paved roads right? So it’s a no-brainer that you should always buckle up when driving a side-by-side on rugged, off-road trails.

 

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Person paddling in white water rapids
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