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We caught up with Driver Trainer Specialist, Andrew "Simmo" Simpson, at AgQuip 2022 to learn how to avoid a roll over in your SXS.

Sadly, in Australia the mighty ATV or Quad, as it was known to us, got pulled from dealers floors in October last year if manufacturers weren’t willing to fit them with a Roll Over Protection (ROP) system. They were considered too dangerous. This opened the door for the side-by-side market and they’ve been selling like hotcakes every since. Have you tried walking into you local dealer and ordering one?! But are side-by-sides really safer? And can you learn how to avoid a roll over your SXS.

There isn’t too much data available to analyse the danger of side-by-sides at this early stage but from the small amounts of data we do have from the FCAI, it seems side-by-sides are safer. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need training and the best form of training is learning from he best how to avoid a roll over in your SXS.

We caught up with Simmo at the 2022 edition of AgQuip held in Gunnedah, NSW to ask him what his tips were to avoid a roll over in your SXS. Simmo was full of helpful information getting about in his Polaris Ranger 570 and Ranger 1000  like double foot driving, the use of 2WD and AWD, weight distribution and balancing (yep, balancing a SXS). You can learn all about his handy tips by watching this video.

If you’re wondering who Simmo is and why you should listen to him, Simmo has over two decades of experience as a trainer. As a Registered MITO Assessor, Primary ITO AgExcel Endorsed Trainer, and an NZTA Registered Driving Instructor and Testing Officer Simmo is passionate about keeping all drivers safe behind the wheel.

Simmo is committed to ensuring all training delivered by CARNZ Training Ltd meets industry requirements and the needs of individual businesses.  Prior to any training occurring he will discuss training requirements based on the type of work and terrain being utilised by staff.  This ensures the training provided will be the most beneficial for staff and your business.

Simmo stays up to date with all the technological advances being made by engaging with manufacturers of vehicles and machines to ensure training is up-to-date and relevant to the vehicle types being trained on. Last year Simmo conducted the practical demonstrations for Polaris NZ at the Central Districts and Mystery Creek Fieldays. And now he has done the same at Australia’s largest premier primary industry field day, AGQuip.