Dune riding is a paradise for UTV riders. Riding on the dunes, riders can feel the thrill of speed and wind, the sense of vast space, and even every grain of sand calling out their name. This feeling is irresistible for many riders.
However, enjoying the ride does not mean that you can let your guard down. If you are an experienced dune rider, you surely know the importance of dune safety. If you want the dunes to be free, fun, and convenient for everyone, it is important to recognize that dunes can be dangerous.
This blog is here to help you stay safe on the sand. By following these rules, you can make your beach trip more enjoyable and safe. Some of these rules are obvious, but there are also some that may not be so common. Please familiarize yourself with these rules and share them to ensure that everyone can safely enjoy the pleasures of the dunes.
Why is dune riding so dangerous?
You may be wondering why we need to be so cautious when riding on the dunes.
- Dunes come in different slopes and heights, which can make it difficult to control UTVs while driving, leading to loss of balance or rollover of the vehicle.
- Sand is loose and easily sinks, which can cause UTVs to get stuck in the sand, trapping the rider or rendering the vehicle immobile.
- Sand can be blown by the wind and getting it in your eyes can be dangerous.
Wearing Proper Safety Gear
First and foremost, it is essential to always wear appropriate safety gear. This includes a helmet, goggles, gloves, and sturdy boots. Even if you are an experienced rider, accidents can still happen, and protecting yourself is crucial.
Other Safety Equipment:
- Vehicle's seat belt
- Roll cages to minimize damage in the event of a UTV rollover
- Sand tires
- Communication device
Many dune riding areas are remote and often isolated, so it is best to ride in groups. Group riding can increase visibility and help ensure your safety in case of an emergency. Be sure to let others know your itinerary and always carry emergency essentials such as a first aid kit.
Respect and Caution
- Respect the surroundings: Some riders get too carried away with high-speed riding in the desert and fail to notice their surroundings and other people, which can lead to accidents.
- Respect the changing nature of the dunes: Always treat your adventure as if it's your first time riding on the dunes because they cannot keep their shape. They are constantly changing and developing new shapes, so even if you have ridden on them before, respect them because you never know what the constantly changing dunes will look like.
- Respect the camping sites and populated areas: Try not to get too close to the camping sites and other areas where family and friends may gather, as this can jeopardize their safety and also bring noise.
Dune Riding Techniques
- Ride against the wind: Dunes are formed by the wind, and the windward slope is gentle, while the leeward slope is steep. Riding against the wind can prevent you from flying off the steep dunes and provide a smoother landing.
- Avoid sudden turns, braking, or quick lane changes as much as possible.
- Always approach transitions (the area between two dunes) at an angle rather than in a straight line.
- If you encounter difficulties, try reversing instead of accelerating forcefully.
Dunes are beautiful but also dangerous! As we enjoy flying over the dunes, please remember these tips and do not put yourself or others in danger.