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Quad bikes: Prepare safe, wear safe, ride safe

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Many Australians have died or have been seriously injured from quad bikes (four-wheeled motorbikes) – including children. Watch the video and follow the safety steps to prepare, wear and ride safely when using quad bikes.

Quad bikes are not ALL-terrain vehicles. It’s a popular belief that quad bikes can safely go on all kinds of terrain and surfaces. Unfortunately, this isn’t true – riding on steep slopes, rough terrain and even hard, flat surfaces (such as tarmac and asphalt) may cause the quad bike to become unstable and very dangerous.

Quad bikes can be fun and useful to get around in, but can pose a number of safety hazards.

Even if you are an experienced rider, quad bikes can put you and your loved ones in danger.

Video: Quad bike safety – would you risk it?

Watch the video to see just some of the potentially deadly dangers quad bikes can pose.

Deaths and injuries

In Australia, there were 14 reported deaths associated with quad bike use in 2014, with a total of 74 reported deaths during the years 2011-2014. Out of the deaths over these four years:

  • almost one in five involved children under 14 years old
  • almost half were from recreational quad bike riding (not from work use)
  • at least one in three victims was not wearing a helmet.

Quad bike safety steps

Follow these safety steps when using quad bikes to help you and your loved ones stay safe.

Prepare safe

  • Ensure you are properly trained before you ride a quad bike.
  • 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 tell someone of your expected location before leaving for a quad bike ride.

Wear safe

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Wear protective clothing and gear such as goggles, long sleeves, long pants, boots and gloves/hand protection.

Ride safe

  • Never let children ride quad bikes that are meant for adults – even as passengers.
  • Do not carry any passengers on quad bikes that are meant for one person.
  • Quad bikes are not all-terrain vehicles so they cannot go safely on all types of terrain. Avoid riding on rough terrain or steep slopes.
  • Ride on familiar tracks and beware of obstacles.
  • Never ride under the influence of alcohol/drugs.
  • Ensure children are supervised at all times near any quad bike activity.
  • Always carry a mobile phone or radio device so you can contact for help in case of an emergency.

A child is running towards an adult-sized quad bike on the beach.

Do you sell quad bikes? Share the safety message

If you sell quad bikes, there are things you can do to help spread the safety message to your customers:

Videos

Quad bikes can be useful and a lot of fun. However, riding a quad bike can also be very dangerous. To minimise the risks associated with quad bikes make sure you and your loved ones prepare safe, wear safe and ride safe.

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