Spring Break – UTV Riding in St George
During a recent spring break trip to St. George, Utah, we decided to take a chance to go on an UTV ride with the entire family. And holy cow! We are so glad we did! The UTV ride was without a doubt the highlight of an already incredible trip! In fact, we were able to get the entire family on UTVs, including two toddlers, three teen-agers, and adults of all ages.
Renting a Side-by-Side (UTV)
Stgeorge-atvrentals.com is the best when it comes to ATV and UTV rentals! When we were shopping and getting quotes from other companies, we found that they had one of the largest selections of high-quality UTV rentals in St George. Their prices are competitive, and we really appreciated their outstanding customer service!
Their UTV rentals are located near Sand Hollow, which makes them really convenient if you want to ride in the sand dunes. They outfitted us with other protective gear such as helmets and goggles. They were very accommodating in helping us find a safe UTV for our toddlers to ride with their car seats. They advised us that the machines we originally reserved were not the right fit for our small kids. They were more than willing to swap out what we reserved with UTVs that are much safer for our small children.
As newbies, I wish we knew more about UTVs and how we can better keep the little kiddos safe. Here are a few tips if you want to ride UTVs with small children.
Safe Side-by-Sides Riding with Small Children
When it comes to renting a UTV with small children, the most important thing you can do is make sure they’re properly restrained. Seat belts are mandatory in UTVs, so all riders must be buckled up at all times. I didnt know this when we went but car seats can also be used in side by sides! This makes side-by-sides or UTV much safer than ATVs. UTVs come with full roll cages where ATVs are easy to tip over and offer very little protection. Before you take off, make sure to have the rental company staff help you to properly install the car seats. With seat belts and car seats, your kids will be safer riding an UTV compared to an ATV.
In addition to seat belts and car seats, there are a few other things you can do to keep your kids safe while riding in a UTV. First, make sure they’re wearing proper safety gear, including a helmet, goggles, and closed-toe shoes. Second, stay on designated trails and follow all posted signs and speed limits. And finally, keep an eye on your kids at all times and be ready to stop if necessary. Last tip . . . Don’t forget the sunscreen! Event though most UTVs come with roofs over the roll cage to protect you from the direct sun, we noticed that our arms were started to get burned! I’m sure that you can relate, a sun burned toddler is one of the fastest ways to ruin a family trip!
Things I wish I brought on our UTV Trip
When planning our UTV trip with my young kids, there are a few things that I think would have made our trip better. I want to share with you a few things that I think are critical if you are planning a UTV ride with young kids.
Plenty of Snacks and Water
it’s important to make sure you have plenty of snacks and drinks to stay hydrated and fueled during the ride. Pack a mix of healthy and unhealthy options, as well as some drinks like water and juice. This way, the kids can have a snack or drink whenever they need one and you won’t have to worry about them getting dehydrated or hungry.
Bring Toys or Activities for Downtime.
One thing I wish we brought was more sand toys! Sand Hollow has large sand dunes and my kids loved playing in the sand when we were not riding. I really wish we had brought their sand shovels, buckets, etc. Luckly, my youngest brought some of his monster truck toys in his spiderman back pack so they still had tons of fun!
Bring Sunscreen and Pop Up Shade
Be sure to pack sunscreen and hats for the kids to wear. While we were riding, I did not notices how much sun we were actually soaking in! The UTV’s roof provided plenty of shade and the wind from riding kept us somewhat cool. These two factors made me forget about the sun. Luckily, on our first potty break, I noticed that our arms were starting to get a little pink. This is when I remebered to lather everyone up with our trusty Banana Boat SPF 50!
Sunscreen is so important in the fact it will help protect the skin from the sun’s harmful rays. And, if you’re going to be out in the sun for a long period of time, consider bringing along some shad umbrellas or pop up tents for the kids to take a break.