Ranch Hand to continue sponsorship of race car driver Jonathan Newcombe in 2015

EPS metallic backgroundRanch Hand is proud to announce that we will again sponsor race car driver Jonathan Newcombe in the coming year. Jonathan has been busy and impressive on the racing circuit this year.

J.NewcombeThe events that Jonathan entered in 2014 included the Rocky Mountain Solo races in STS class where he placed 1st in 5 out of 5 races, plus the Solo National Championships, placing 19th overall out of 56 in CS class.

Also, in the prestigious and challenging 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Jonathan placed 9th out of 23 in Time Attack1 division. “I can’t wait for next year’s Pikes Peak climb. I’m getting my car ready to perform even better than before, so I’ll be shooting to improve on my finish over this year,” he said.

“We wish Jonathan the best of luck in 2015 and he can count on Ranch Hand to cheering him on in all of his races,” said National Sales Director Scott McClaugherty.

Ranch Hand manufactures heavy duty, high quality Grille Guards, Front End Replacements (Legend Series, Summit Series, Bullnose, and Winch Ready), Back Bumpers, Headache Rack Systems, Bed Rails, Steps, and Toolboxes for Chevy, Ford, GMC, Jeep, Ram, and Toyota trucks and SUVs. The Ranch Hand logo has been recognized in the truck accessory industry since 1986 as the symbol of quality.

Whether you’re heading for the race track, planning a cross-country road trip, or just running to town for groceries, “Be on the Safe Side with Ranch Hand.”  For truck accessories, Ranch Hand is your one-stop shop for the best vehicle protection in the industry. Also, visit us at 4315 N. Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 or online at www.ranchhannd.com.

Oh, Deer! (A timely warning to drivers on rural roads this fall)

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Ranch Hand Truckfitters has a motto for promoting our truck accessories: “Be on the Safe Side with Ranch Hand.” We say that because safety, strength and durability are built into all of our products for maximum benefit to our truck customers.

This fall, that motto, “Be on the Safe Side,” is also an appropriate warning to drivers on rural roads during the height of deer season — particularly during October through December when deer and other large wildlife collisions are most prevalent.

Consider these facts:

  • The odds that drivers will hit a deer “doubles” during the Oct.-Dec. period.
  • For the eighth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where a collision is most likely, with odds of 1 in 39, nearly a 5% increase over 2013.
  • Ten percent of the country’s deer collisions occur in Pennsylvania, 123,941.
  • Periods of daily high-deer movement around dawn and dusk plus seasonal behavior patterns (such as the Oct.-Dec. breeding season) increase the risk for auto-deer collisions.
  • In 2012, 175 deaths resulted from collisions with animals, with deer being the animal most often struck.

Consider these tips for drivers in deer country:

  • Always wear your seatbelt.
    At night, when there’s no oncoming traffic, use your high beams.
  • Avoid swerving when you see a deer. Of course, you could always lower your odds of hitting a deer by moving to Hawaii, where there’s just 1 chance in 10,281 of colliding with Bambi!However, if you’d rather stay put, then Ranch Hand advises you to be extra cautious and extra aware of what might be just ahead or just around that next turn on rural roads. It’s better to be on the safe side, instead of having to suddenly shout, “watch out!” — “Oh, Deer!!!”

Our thanks for the information supplied in this article go to Kevin Jones of Hard Working Trucks; the Insurance Information Institute and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; and Ron Regan, Executive Director for the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies.

By Mavis Arambula-Medellin