Rider safety is Polaris' top priority. Wear the following protective gear when riding your GENERAL to reduce the chance of injury.
Under certain operating conditions, heat generated by the engine and exhaust system can elevate temperatures in the rider cab area. The condition occurs most frequently when a vehicle is being operated in high ambient temperatures at low speeds and/or high load conditions for an extended period of time. The use of certain windshields, roofs and/or cab systems may contribute to this condition by restricting airflow. Any discomfort due to heat buildup in this area can be minimized by wearing proper riding apparel and by varying speeds to increase airflow.
Wear an approved helmet. Riding in this vehicle without wearing an approved helmet increases the risk of serious injury. For example, a helmet reduces your risk of injury from head strikes with the vehicle or other objects even if there is no crash.
Approved helmets in the USA and Canada bear a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) label.
Approved helmets in Europe, Asia and Oceania bear the ECE 22.05 label. The ECE mark consists of a circle surrounding the letter E, followed by the distinguishing number of the country which has granted approval. The approval number and serial number also will be displayed on the label.
Do not depend on eyeglasses or sunglasses for eye protection. When riding your GENERAL, wear shatterproof goggles or use a shatterproof helmet face shield. Such protective eyewear may reduce the risk of foreign material getting in your eyes and help prevent loss of vision. Polaris recommends wearing approved Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) bearing markings such as VESC 8, V-8, Z87.1 or CE. Make sure protective eye wear is kept clean.
Long-term exposure to wind and engine noise can cause permanent hearing loss. Properly worn hearing protective devices such as earplugs can help prevent hearing loss. Check local laws or the rules of the riding area you are in before wearing hearing protection to make sure its use is permitted.
Full-finger gloves can protect against wind, sun, cold and objects. Choose gloves that fit snugly and allow fingers to move freely and grip on the steering wheel or hand holds.
Always wear shoes when operating. Consider wearing sturdy over-the-ankle boots suitable for the terrain you will be riding in.
Consider long sleeves and long pants to protect your arms and legs.
Other Safety Resources
The Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association offers a two-hour safety course that helps develop safe driving habits. It is not a "learn to drive" course. It instead is intended to improve awareness of ROVs and inspire a safety-minded approach to off-road recreation.
The All-Terrain Vehicle Safety Institute is a not-for-profit division of the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America. It was formed in 1988 to implement an expanded national program of ATV safety education and awareness.
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