7:07 am - Monday - March 6th - GNHS - 48° F, humidity 61%, wind 4 mph out of the northwest....partly cloudy today with a forecast high of 69° F, heading for 81° F next weekend! On this date in 2012 we were 5 weeks into our full time journey, and had just arrived at South Padre Island near Corpus Christi, TX....seems like a lifetime ago......↴
Sunday began innocently enough. We had two rentals scheduled for the same person.....a RZR and a KRX. This gentleman had rented the same two UTVs from us on Saturday, and, in fact, had done so back in early January. In all three previous occasions the rentals were for all day, and both units were returned without incident. I think you know where I am going with this, right?
At any rate, our customers arrived around 9 am to sign their paperwork, and head out on another all day adventure. By 9:30 am they were gone, and we settled in to await their return. TLE reported around 11 am they were at 'Amie's Cabin', and all seemed to be going well. I was sitting in my anti gravity recliner around 12 noon watching golf when I heard the sounds of our UTVs pulling into the COA staging area.....wait, what? A customer returning over 4 hours early from an all day rental is not usually a good sign, and it was not. As I walked out to the staging area this is what I saw......
....and once again my point about now easy it is to flip these UTVs is proven. As I do every time we rent one of the RZRs or KRXs I told this customer to never brake once you are in the turn...it is already too late for that. If you believe you are carrying too much speed into the turn take your foot off the accelerator, and do your best to steer through the turn. If, instead, you hit the brakes it is not you 'MAY' flip, it is you 'WILL' flip....especially in loose sand.