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7 Mistakes First Time Dune Buggy Riders Make in Dubai Desert

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For those of you who are riding a dune buggy for the first time, it sure is an exciting feeling when you sit in the driver’s seat and begin to drive it to explore the vast and undulating deserts of Dubai. 

 

However, before you get out on the buggy and venture into the wild unknown, you should first learn some safety basics. It is just as important to know what not to do on a buggy as it is to know what to do. Having an understanding of the most common mistakes new buggy ride Dubai make in the desert can assist you in preventing accidents and injuries, and you may even be able to save your life. 

 

So to help you in this regard, here are 7 common mistakes that many new riders, mostly tourists, make in deserts that you must avoid. 

  • Lack of Knowledge of New Terrain

 

A common mistake that many visitors and riders make is being unaware of the desert terrain in Dubai and the challenges it poses. For instance, someone from the USA who has driven a dune buggy in California or Nevada deserts will notice that the desert terrain compared to their home country is completely different than what Dubai offers. The bumps, paths, and turns require them to drive the dune buggy in a new way. 

 

To understand the desert terrain of Dubai, the easy way is to search the internet, watch videos, and read reviews. You can also ask your tour operator as well regarding which route is easy to drive on and offers little to no challenge. Always go for a small test drive before starting the main tour to get an understanding of the terrain. 

  • Having Nerf bars Installed Incorrectly 

 

A Nerf bar provides a resting place for your feet without allowing you to drag them around. While riding a dune buggy and dragging your feet along can cause many injuries. Despite the fact that you may wear protective shoes in the desert, you can still cut yourself up pretty badly due to the hot and coarse sand and rocks that sometimes lie beneath the surface. 

 

Additionally, it is difficult to predict the depth of the sand in any particular area. Dragging your feet and hitting something or pulling on anything under the sand could result in you being thrown from the buggy. It is evident that serious injuries may result from this situation. While exploring the desert on a buggy, please ensure that Nerf bars are installed on the buggy and inquire from the tour operator as well at the time of booking. 

  • An Underestimation of the Throttle’s Power

 

It is not recommended that you dive into the throttle and begin taking off without having practiced first. Beginners often believe that they can drive dune buggies like miniature cars by jamming their feet into the throttle and taking off across the desert at high speed. The dune buggy is not a car, and you should become familiar with its operation before increasing its speed. Pushing too hard on the throttle may result in losing control of the buggy and colliding with a dune buggy nearby, resulting in serious injury. 

  • Ignoring Safety Briefings 

 

Always listen to what your guide has to say before the tour starts and obey his instructions carefully. They usually ask you to drive the buggy at a safe speed limit and avoid going into restricted areas for your own safety. 

 

Some novice riders also need to learn about how to drive a buggy, and in these briefings, the guides will teach you everything you need to understand about driving it. Further, wear the safety equipment provided by the guide and don’t take it off during the entire duration of your tour. If you have any questions in mind, remember to ask them during these briefings. 

  • Rollover of the Buggies 

 

Dune buggies easily roll over in the desert if you drive recklessly, and don’t be fooled by their giant tires and size, thinking that this is not a possibility. One of the most common ways a Dune Buggy rollover is when you take off too fast instead of going steadily. A buggy’s engine generates power, which causes it to pull up, similar to a bucking horse.

 

As a result, you may fall backward, bringing the buggy with you. Another common cause of desert rollovers is descending or ascending steep dune slopes. Due to the shift in your center of gravity, the dune buggy can easily tumble, leaving you beneath the vehicle. Despite the fact that rollovers are rarely a good thing, they are particularly dangerous in the desert, where you can literally become buried under your vehicle due to soft sand. 

  • Choosing a Wrong Buggy For the Adventure 

 

Dune buggies come in various sizes, seating capacities, and engines suited for different skill levels. As a beginner, you must choose one that has a low-power engine and a top speed of a maximum of 70-80 kph, which is easy to handle and drive. There are specific models designed for professionals, but don’t go for those. 

 

Further, if you are traveling with a group or family and they also want to explore the desert on dune buggies, then book 4-seater capacity models. They can easily accommodate 4-5 persons, and your kids can also enjoy riding them. Don’t book 1 or 2-seater models for groups. 

 

At Enduro Bike Advanture we offer all the buggy models that come with different seating capacities and engines for our customers at a reasonable price. Do call us and book at your earliest convenience on your vacation to Dubai. If you have questions, our staff is available to answer them. 

  • Having a Sense of Invincibility

 

The last but not least important tip to remember is that you shouldn’t feel invincible when driving a Dune Buggy. Yes, without a doubt, it is a fun and empowering experience, but some people develop a false sense of security that nothing bad is going to happen. You may wind up in a catastrophic situation very quickly if you are injured or hurt in a remote location. It is important not to check your humility at the door; it will come in handy.

 

Follow the safety instructions your guide provides and drive carefully. Consider going for guided tours if you are driving for the first time. 

 

Conclusion 

 

We hope you have a safe and sound journey when exploring the desert on dune buggy rental Dubai rides. Be sure to avoid the 7 mistakes we have highlighted, and you will surely have an amazing time in the desert. 

 

Winter is the best time to have an adventure in deserts when the temperatures are low, and you don’t have to worry about hot weather at all. Book around that time with your family and friends for a fun and memorable experience. Don’t forget to capture the stunning desert landscape on your camera and for memories as well. 

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