Gear Up for a Safe Ride
Wearing the right safety equipment is important for your safety and reduces the chance of injury. Be sure to gear up.
Make Sure ORVs are Age Appropriate
Make sure kids are the appropriate age to ride and have fulfilled the necessary requirements.
Never Mix ORVs and Alcohol
Just like driving your car, you never want to drive or ride after consuming alcohol or drugs.
Always Plan for Fuel Stops
As you plan your ride, be sure to plan for fuel stops. For your safety, never carry fuel or other flammable liquids in ORVs.
Only Ride ORVs on ORV Approved Routes
ORVs are designed specifically for off-road riding.
IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY EQUIPMENT
For safe and fun off-roading, there are some essential pieces of safety equipment. Here’s our recommended gear:
Certified Helmet — Always wear a certified helmet.
Eye Protection — Eye protection is recommended to keep dust and flying debris out of your eyes.
Long Sleeve Shirt, Long Pants and Gloves — For protection from the elements.
Over-the-ankle Boots — Provide support and protection. Never ride with bare feet or sandals.
All ORVs have age restrictions and other requirements. Be sure to check your Owner’s Manual for machine requirements. Below are general guidelines:
Adult ORVs — Must be at least 16 years old with a valid driver’s license
Includes both SxS and ATVs
Passengers — Must be able to reach handholds and place feet flat on the floor/floorboards while their back is against the seat back with the seatbelt on.
Youth ORVs — There are models available for different age levels starting at 6 years old. These require adult supervision at all times. Youth under 16 should never operate full-size, adult ORVs.
GET TRAINED AND PRACTICE SAFE RIDING/DRIVING
One of the best ways to stay safe while driving is to have a thorough understanding of how to operate your vehicle. Driving at excessive speeds, making quick turns and other unsafe practices all increase the chance you or your passenger could be seriously injured. Seatbelts and doors or nets are a standard safety features on all Polaris ORV SxS and Ace models. Whether you are driving or just enjoying the ride, make sure your seat belt is always fastened and you keep your arms and legs in the vehicle and the door/nets latched. Never carry passengers in a cargo area. Only allow passengers to sit in designated seats and never allow more passengers than the vehicle is designed to accommodate.
There are training courses available that help operators use best practices and safety strategies. Here’s our list of recommended courses and training:
ATV RiderCourse — This training course is conducted through All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute™ (ASI). Go to ASI’s website for more information.
ROV E-Course — Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association’s (ROHVA’s) two-hour safety course helps develop safe driving habits, but is not a ‘learn to drive’ course. Take this to improve awareness about SxS and Ace safety and inspire a safety-minded approach to off-road recreation.
Owner’s Manuals — Always read all of your Owner’s Manual to learn the safety and warnings of your specific machine.
Polaris Safety Videos — Click here to see some Polaris specific product safety videos.
Additional Safety — Call the Polaris Training & Safe Operation Center at 1-800-342-3764 for additional safety contact information
Contact Your Dealer — Contact your local dealer for additional safety information or for replacement warning labels and decals.
PROPER ACCESSORIES & INSTALLATION
There can be risk of injury when self-installing accessories or using accessories not specifically designed with the vehicle in mind. See below for our tips on accessorizing your machine safely:
OEM-Approved Accessories — Only use OEM-approved accessories, designed and validated specifically for your vehicle.
Professional Installation — Know your technical limits when installing, and, when in doubt, have your OEM accessories installed by a trained technician at your local dealership.
Power Accessory Guidelines — Power accessory guidelines as specified by OEM:
- Never splice in to the factory wire harness
- Always follow installation instructions that accompany the accessory
- Don’t connect electrical accessories directly to battery, utilize the accessory mounting block or accessory wires included in the factory harness
- Confirm all electrical powered accessories are not powered when the key is in off position
Avoid non-OEM modification to vehicle to prevent unnecessary risk
- Aftermarket ECU calibrations, intake snorkel kits, excessive amperage draw accessories, or removal of heat shields can increase the risk of fire or burn injuries
- Aftermarket cabs, roofs and roll-over protection structures can affect the stability and performance of the vehicles
- Non-OEM modifications may also impact warranty coverage during or after the warranty period.
MAINTENANCE & SERVICING YOUR MACHINE
Proper maintenance and service are important in keeping your machine running safely. Below are a few tips on how to safely keep your ORV up and running:
- Polaris recommends using only OEM maintenance kits, fluids and filters to keep your vehicle operating like new.
- Carefully follow the maintenance procedures in your Owner’s Manual and consult your dealer with any questions.
- When servicing your vehicle, carefully clean all fluid spills with a shop rag and properly dispose of materials. Don’t use pressurized air or water to clean fluid spills off of your vehicle, as it may spread flammable fluids onto surfaces that get hot enough to ignite the fluid during operation.
PRE-RIDE VEHICLE & DURING RIDE INSPECTION
In order to keep off-roading fun for you and others, be aware of your surroundings and vehicle condition. Here are some things to be on the lookout for:
- Always perform a walk-around when servicing your vehicle or before riding, and check for loose or missing heat shields. Contact your dealer if you have any concerns or questions.
- Minimize fire risks on your vehicle by frequently monitoring for and safely removing any debris accumulation. Pay special attention when operating in conditions such as dry grass, long grass, leaves or other debris.
- Always check brake travel and the brake fluid reservoir level before each use of the vehicle. When applied, the brakes should feel firm.
- Clean all lights frequently to ensure a clear field of vision as well as visibility to other vehicles.
- Review your Owner's Manual for a complete list of Pre-Ride inspection items