Friday, February 20, 2015

Top 5 ATV Safety Tips for Winter

You don't have to be an over-the-top enthusiast to love riding your ATV at the Lake of the Ozarks - but you probably do have to be fairly obsessed to keep riding it in weather like this! For all you ATV die-hards out there, the team at Surdyke Yamaha in Osage Beach has put together a list of the top five safety tips for riding your ATV in the snow.

Keep Yourself Warm

This is the biggest and most important key to ATV winter safety. Temperatures are currently hovering in the thirties, twenties, and teens at the Lake of the Ozarks, so it's important to protect yourself from the brutal cold. Dress in layers and cover up as much exposed skin as possible. Gloves, scarfs, thick socks, and hats are crucial! The Yamaha 3-In-1 Jacket is also a great layering tool.

Keep Your ATV Warm

Did you know there are things you can do to actually make your ATV warmer? It's time to consider investing in heated grips for your ATV to keep your hands warm. Purchasing a seat warmer is also a good idea. Once you experience riding your ATV with these heated devices, you'll never want to ride without them again!

Make Your ATV Winter-Ready

The Yamaha Grizzly is fit for all kinds of terrain - and weather!
This is crucial. Before taking your ATV out in snow and/or ice, it's critical to prep your vehicle for the extreme conditions it is about to face. Your best bet is to purchase winter-ready tires with deep tread for your ATV, but at the very least you should wrap your existing tires in ATV tire chains. Depending on your ATV, it might also be a good idea to install a windshield in order to cut down on the wind chill you and your passengers will experience.

Respect Mother Nature

When it comes to riding your ATV in snowy or icy conditions, the biggest mistake you can make is assuming you are invincible. Exercise caution at all times - especially if you are riding next to a steep ravine or across a cove in the Lake that has frozen over. Hidden holes or crevasses can be extremely dangerous to ATV riders. Be careful!

Prepare For The Worst

When taking your ATV out for a spin in the extreme cold, it's important to always be prepared for the worst. You're obviously not expecting to wreck your ATV or to get stuck somewhere, but you should always bring along a few essentials to protect yourself in the event of an accident. At the very least, the Surdyke Yamaha team recommends you bring:
  • A blanket
  • A flashlight
  • A whistle
  • Food and water
  • Matches
  • Cell phone
  • Ziploc bags (to keep essentials dry)

The Crew at Surdyke Yamaha can Help!

If you have other questions about how to best prepare for your winter excursions, don't hesitate to come see your friends at Surdyke Yamaha! As the top ATV dealer at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have everything you need to help you and your friends enjoy a safe, exciting winter season at the Lake.

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