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Safety Equipment For Off-Roading Buggies

As an off-road buggy manufacturer, we at Red Dot Engineering take safety quite seriously. We understand how exhilarating it is to cruise around over sand dunes in buggies –whizzing up one dune and zipping down the next. The thrill lies in the speed, staying in control, and seeing how far you can push the buggy.

However, safety comes first. As exciting as buggies are, they are still built to be taken off-road and this comes with some risks. It pays to think about and prepare for any eventualities. After all, you don’t want your adventure to come to an abrupt end because you didn’t have the necessary safety equipment in place, right? Also keep in mind that sand may look soft, but it can be abrasive and can work its way into places you wouldn’t want to like your eyes or nose.

Throw On the Right Gear

Staying safe when off-roading in a buggy should be a priority, regardless of how much experience you have. Here’s some safety equipment that you should always have with you when heading for those dunes:

  1. A safety-certified helmet

We’ve heard all the excuses for not wearing a helmet while driving a dune buggy and we’re not buying it. You may think it’s fun to have the wind blowing through your hair while dune bashing but that can soon change should the buggy overturn or crash.

A helmet is one of the most important accessories to have and with good reason. A certified crash helmet is for your safety and protection, allowing you to continue having fun while fending off the elements. It’s also invaluable in an emergency.

  1. Eye protection

After the helmet, ensure that you have a well-fitting pair of goggles. You don’t want to hit the dunes only to spend most of your time squinting because the sun, sand, or wind was in your eyes. That will get old real fast and will also compromise your visibility. To prevent that and to improve your safety and comfort, put on a pair of goggles. As a bonus, they’ll also make you look really cool.

  1. Proper clothing

To keep yourself safe and comfortable when off-roading in a buggy, you also need to have the right clothing. This includes:

·         Long-sleeved shirts and pants

It may look cool to ride dune buggies in t-shirts and shorts but you won’t like it if you get road rash. To protect you from nicks, abrasions, and sunburn, wear long-sleeved shirts and a pair of durable pants. Also, make sure that your clothes fit you well and aren’t too baggy or loose as they might snag or get caught on something.

·         Full-finger gloves

Your fingers also need protection and gloves are great for that. Gloves keep your hands from getting too sweaty and help you get a firm grip on the steering wheel. Additionally, they protect your fingers from abrasions.

·         Close-toed boots

Finally, don’t forget about your feet and toes. To keep them safe from injury, put on a solid pair of close-toed shoes. For added protection and support, you can opt for a pair of ankle boots. A good pair of shoes also help you maintain a good grip on the foot pedals.

Buggy Safety Check

When it comes to safety, your clothing and attire aren’t the only things to check off the list. You also need to make sure that your buggy is in top-notch condition before off-roading. Check the following:

·         The engine – before your trip, give your buggy a short test drive to ensure that the engine is working as it should. You also need to be certain that all fluids and the fuel are topped up.

·         Tire pressure – driving on sand isn’t the same as driving on other road surfaces. Sand is soft and offers less traction so you need to air down your tires for a better grip. This calls for the right air-down, air-up equipment to be part of your kit.

·         The brakes – zipping around on the dunes is all well and good until you have to stop. Your brakes should be in good working order for situations such as these. You never know when an emergency may crop up.

·         Seat belts – don’t let the design of the buggy fool you into thinking that you don’t need seat belts. You and your passengers should always belt up and there are several seat belts and harnesses to choose from. You can opt for three, four, five, or six-point harnesses or strong lap belts to keep you safe.

·         Buggy whip – when riding in the sand dunes, a tail whip ensures that your buggy is visible to other vehicles. This helps pinpoint your location and helps to avoid collisions. For optimal visibility, you can opt for an LED whip.

·         Roll cage –equipping your buggy with a roll cage will help protect you and your passengers in case of an accident. The roll cage has to be strong enough to absorb the impact of a crash while dissipating it away from the buggy’s occupants.

·         Bumpers and engine cage – These are not so much for you as for the buggy itself. You can give the front of your buggy additional protection with a front bumper while an engine cage helps protect the engine.

Don’t Compromise on Your Safety

Whether you’re dune bashing or simply taking a leisurely off-roading ride in your dune buggy, safety is paramount both for the driver and the passengers. Safety involves wearing protective clothing as well as helmets, goggles, and gloves. It also includes using seat belts and checking that the buggy is good to go before your adventure.

Before all this, it is crucial to ensure that the buggy you’re using has been built to the highest standards. That is what we do at Red Dot Engineering. We have the necessary equipment to laser cut, weld, or do anything else needed to build a sturdy buggy. Contact us today and let’s work together on making your dream buggy a reality.

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