Travelling out off-road in a UTV can be a great adventure. Whether you are out thrill-seeking in the countryside or out working on the land, a UTV can be a reliable friend at all times. But, that vehicle is more reliable with the right gear inside. You need to prepare for the worst-case scenarios when heading out in your UTV. Accidents can happen, you can end up in unknown territory and parts of the vehicle can break down.
There are lots of different pieces of kit that you can store in your vehicle for emergencies. It is always better to be safe than sorry. So, here is our top list of things that you really need to have in your UTV at all times.
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Things to carry in your UTV
You never know when your CVT belt could break. If you have a CVT transmission of course. You should perform regular inspections of your UTV including checking for war and tear on the CVT belt. Even if it looks good you should always have an extra belt when going out.
A tool kit
Let’s start with one of the most important items of all – the tool kit. Now, your tool kit is going to depend on your work, your vehicle, and what you generally prefer to use. But, there are some basics to consider here. Your standard wire cutters, wrenches and pliers are a good starting point. If you have the confidence to make up a secure kit on your own, perhaps with some additional WD-40, tape and cable ties included, that’s great. If not, you can find UTV kits out there. Also, consider a multi-use tool. Something small, portable and great for lots of situations.
A first aid kit
Just as important here is the first aid kit. If there is any sort of minor injury or a more major accident, it is important to be able to treat at the scene wherever possible. So, you need a well-stocked kit to cover all kinds of issues. The basics include items like bandages, dressings, burn creams, antiseptic wipes and shears to cut them. Sunscreen, bug repellent, medication, painkillers and cold packs are useful too. Think about what you might need and get a comprehensive kit in place. Also, remember to replenish it as needed.
What are the chances that you will head out and your battery will die? You aren’t going to be able to call AAA or get a friend to come and give you a jump start. But, you can get portable jumpstarters that could get you going again. Look out for models with consistency, compact shapes and heavy-duty clamps. You can also find some for flat tyres. Which brings us to point 4.
Tire kit or a spare tire
There is a chance of blowing a tire if you are out on rough terrain or hit an unexpected rock at a bad angle. But, this shouldn’t be a problem as long as you have a spare and the tools with which to replace it. Don’t assume it isn’t going to happen because you have heavy-duty tires. It might.
You can also mount a spare on your UTV to quick and easy change tire if it gets punctured. But remember to also bring tools so you can change the tire.
Changing tire brings us in on the next thing, having a portable jack. If you need to change a tire you have to get the tire up from the ground by jacking up your UTV. A portable jack can help you with this. Scissor jacks are small, robust, and affordable.
What about the gasoline in the tank? Do you head out knowing there is enough in the tank or presuming that there is? What if you travel further than planned, such as on a wrong turn? You aren’t going to pass a gas station anywhere close by. So, spare gas can make all the difference. As with so many other elements of this guide, make sure to replace it when used.
Ideally, you want to make sure that you travel with someone else in your side-by-side vehicle and that everyone at home knows where you are. But, accidents can happen and, when they do, you need a direct line to send for help. Or, you might just need to let your loved one’s know you will be late back. Satellite phones work well in both situations. At least make sure your cellphone covers the area you are planning to driving in.
Navigation tools are also important in case you end up on the wrong road, or lose your bearings in bad weather. Again, there are the electronic and the survivalist options. Set your UTV up with a GPS system so you have a good chance of staying on course. It might also help to have an old-fashioned compass with you, especially if you head out on foot.
On the subject of heading out on foot, if you do need to travel back in the dark then a flashlight will help. These lights will also let you see inside the vehicle and under the hood for a better look at any problems. LED flashlights are bright, consistent and long-lasting. Wearable torches offer a hands-free approach if you are on your own.
Blankets and clean clothes
If the worst happens, and you are stuck out in bad weather for a long time – or on course for an overnight trip – you will benefit from some clean clothes and warm blankets. It can get pretty nasty out there without adequate warmth and shelter. Also, if you have an accident and end up in muddy water or with blood on your clothes, the spare gear could help you stay comfortable and let you clean your wounds.
Food and water
Finally, consider bringing some food and water with you when you head out on your trips in your UTV. The reasons are just the same. If you find yourself stuck, or out for much longer than expected, you don’t want the trip to turn into a survival exercise. Clean bottled water is the most important. Remember the old rule: 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. That food should also be non-perishable, easy to eat, and high in energy.
Set up the best gear for your needs
Ultimately, you know best what you need to carry with you every time you go out in your side by side vehicle. The tips here are quite broad and you can adapt them as needed to suit your needs. For example, there might be specialist medication, work-related tools or other pieces of equipment you need. Take your time to write out a list covering all the bases, get it all together and remember to take it with you.