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Safety Tips for the Polaris XPEDITION

Rider safety is Polaris' top priority. Protective gear and safer riding practices reduce the chance of injury.

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 will also be displayed on the label.

Eye Protection
Do not depend on eyeglasses or sunglasses for eye protection. 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 the 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.

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 help protect arms and legs.

Ear Protection
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

Drive Responsibly
This vehicle has higher ground clearance and other features to handle rugged terrain. It can be overturned in situations where some other vehicles may not. Abrupt maneuvers or aggressive driving, even on flat, open areas, can cause loss of control, rollovers, severe injury or death. To avoid loss of control and rollovers:

  • Avoid abrupt maneuvers, sideways sliding, skidding or fishtailing, and never do donuts.
  • Slow down before entering turn.
  • Avoid hard acceleration when turning, even from a stop.

Avoid operating on public roads (paved or otherwise). This vehicle does not have highway safety features that on-road vehicles may have (air bags, anti-lock brakes, stability control, etc.). If another vehicle collides with you, the likelihood of a serious injury or death may be greater. Also, you may not be able to avoid a crash or rollover if you make sudden or abrupt maneuvers such as swerving or emergency braking.

While it may be legal to drive on some public roads, it is recommended that you avoid on-road operation. If you must drive on-road, drive slowly and defensively. Use extra care. You may also need to make vehicle modifications to comply with state or local laws. In addition, refer to tire manufacturer’s instructions or limitations for on-road operation, including speed limits and premature tire wear.

For further information, view your vehicle's Owner's Manual.

Other Safety Resource
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.

For more information about the Polaris XPEDITION, read Polaris XPEDITION XP and ADV Overview.

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