Riding the path to safety
Created: 6/22/16 (Wed) | Topic: Benefits
By definition, farmers and ranchers spend a lot of time off-road as part of their job. Driving a utility vehicle (UTV), like the Polaris RANGER®, can be a great way to leave the blacktop and all its constraints behind. But, that doesn’t mean letting safety awareness go – as a matter of fact, there’s no more important time to be safety conscious than when you’re riding free of the strictures of controlled traffic and well-marked lanes.
National Safety Month is a good time to reacquaint yourself with the recommended practices that can help ensure a great ride today … and tomorrow. You might want to review the Polaris RANGER Safety Video:
The best start on the path to safety is knowing everything you can about your vehicle. And, the first step can be summed up in three little words: Read the manual. Polaris recommends reviewing your manual to become familiar with all the systems and controls of the machine. Also, keep the manual handy in case you need to refer to it when you’re riding.
While it may sound obvious, don’t neglect to review the safety stickers on the vehicle itself. They’re also a convenient source of practical information while you’re out on the trail.
Remember that your vehicle’s factory-installed safety features, such as seatbelts and side nets on UTVs, have been carefully engineered to provide the safest possible ride for you and any passengers. Use them every time.
It’s a good idea to inspect your UTV before every ride. Be sure to check essential systems such as oil and other fluids, braking, lights, radiator, and steering linkage. You should know your vehicle’s towing and cargo capacity, and make sure you don’t exceed them; there’s always time to make two safe trips. Check your owner’s manual to make sure you know the maximum safe incline your UTV can handle, and don’t attempt anything steeper.
And don’t forget, your UTV’s suspension, drivetrain, steering system and tires are designed for on-the-trail performance. That means it’s just plain unsafe to operate it on the pavement. It’s an off-road vehicle, and that’s where it should stay.
To help make off-roading both safer and more affordable, NDFB members receive a manufacturer's incentive discount of $200-$300 depending on the vehicle acquired. There is no limit to the number of discount certificates that a Farm Bureau member may use so long as it's no more than one per unit acquired and the acquisition(s) is/are made for their personal and/or business use.
The incentive cannot be combined with any other Polaris coupon offer or government/fleet program, but the certificate is valid with current event sales pricing and finance offers. All Youth and Polaris General® models are excluded.
Together, Polaris and NDFB are doing their best to help you save … and be safe.