Quad bikes are four-wheeled motorbikes that can be a lot of fun as well as a useful form of transport. However there can be a number of safety hazards associated with them. Even if you are an experienced rider, quad bikes can put you and your loved ones in danger. Follow the safety steps to prepare, wear and ride safely when using quad bikes.
Deaths and injuries
In 2012, 18 deaths associated with quad bike use were reported, and almost 30% of these involved children under 15 years of age.
The numbers of injuries and deaths relating to quad bike use in Australia have increased greatly over the last few years, especially in recreational use (in comparison to farming and other work-related use).
Quad bike safety steps
Follow these safety steps when using quad bikes to help stay safe:
- Ensure you are properly trained before you ride a quad bike.
- Choose the right vehicle for your activity.
- Maintain the bike so it is in safe condition.
- Read the operator manual and observe the manufacturer’s safety warnings and recommended use of the vehicle.
- Always wear a helmet.
- Wear protective clothing and gear such as goggles, long sleeves, long pants, boots and gloves/hand protection.
- Never let children ride quad bikes that are meant for adults.
- Do not carry passengers on quad bikes that are only meant for one person.
- Avoid riding on rough terrain or steep slopes.
- Never ride under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
- Ride on familiar tracks and beware of obstacles.
- Quad bikes are not all-terrain vehicles so they cannot go on all types of terrain.
Source: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission – Product Safety Australia
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