Without the proper maintenance, your UTV might not survive the winter. But how should you go about preparing your vehicle for the harsh temperatures and snowy terrain ahead? Here are just a few tips for making sure that your UTV is still raring to go in the springtime.
1. Change Your Tires
You’ll need heavy wheels to handle snow and ice, so look for something with rock-solid construction and intense tread depth. You might also want to invest in tire chains and tire chain tensioners to maximize their efficacy on the road.
Hand mitts can be used to keep your digits nice and warm. Cab enclosures will protect your entire body from windburn. Heated grips will stop the cold from ever seeping into your UTV’s hand-held parts.
3. Prepare an Emergency Kit
In the summer, an emergency kit is a good idea. In the winter, it can be genuinely lifesaving. Stock your rear cargo box with things like matches, flares, extra clothes, directional tools and first-aid supplies.
4. Invest in a Plow Blade
Not only will it help you plow acres and acres of land in the time it takes you to blink, but as long as you’re not racing, it can also be used for everyday riding to forge a path out of the snow before you. It also makes hauling firewood and other cargo much, much easier.
5. Buy a Heater
Again, this is one of those UTV parts that’s merely convenient in milder temperatures but absolutely essential when the weather goes sub-zero. Having the right heater can mean the difference between a pleasant trip and one resulting in frostbite.
6. Replace Your Battery
Try to start the season with a new or freshly-charged battery in your UTV. This will prevent you from breaking down or running low on juice when you’re stuck in a blizzard miles away from civilization.
7. Keep a Sharp Eye
Last but certainly not least, never underestimate the power of vigilance. If you can catch a problem while it’s still small and manageable, it might never develop into a large, expensive issue that takes months of time and thousands of dollars to repair. Stay attuned to your UTV and its needs!
When the temperature starts dropping, it’s time to prepare your UTV for the winter. Use these tips to ensure that you’re doing a good job.