Membership Matters: Riding Off-Road, Staying On-Track for Safety

Membership Matters: Riding Off-Road, Staying On-Track for Safety
Safety is key whether meeting the day-to day needs or family fun and adventure.

Annually in June, National Safety Month focuses attention on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. To recognize National Safety Month, Arizona Farm Bureau presents ways we can make every aspect of our work and home lives safer.  

Farmers and ranchers today use an off-road utility vehicle, such as a Gator or a CAT Utility Vehicle from Arizona Farm Bureau Member Benefits partners Caterpillar and John Deere. There's nothing that families look forward to more than off-roading for recreation. Whether you’re leaving the blacktop behind for family fun and adventure, or to meet the day-to-day needs of your operation, the number one goal of every ride should be to make sure you can do it again tomorrow. That’s what makes off-road vehicle safety such an essential topic.

For UTV riders, it’s important to know your skill level and not exceed your capabilities – that means taking the appropriate training and actively practice the maneuvers you’ve learned until you can perform them consistently. Every rider needs to remember that UTVs are not designed for wheelies, jumps, or stunts.  

When it comes to safety, there is nothing the manufacturer can do that will make up for what the rider won’t. The most important piece of safety equipment you have is right between your ears. The more you know, the safer you can ride.

Arizona Farm Bureau members are fortunate to receive special access to John Deere’s GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards program and Caterpillar's discount program. Eligible members can receive discounts on the various categories of equipment offered by both Caterpillar and John Deere.

Editor’s note: For more information on our member benefits including our regional benefits go to Arizona Farm Bureau’s member benefits page online. Or, download the Member Benefits app to your smart phone for easy, everyday access to your benefits.