Quad bikes, sometimes called four-wheeler bikes are not safe for use on all terrains. These vehicles can be unstable and have been involved in a number of farm injuries and deaths, mostly as a result of roll-over situations.
Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for vehicle use, wear a helmet and protective clothing when riding and ride in a responsible manner. Never allow children to play on or ride quad bikes. It is recommended that all quad bikes have an operator protective device (OPD) fitted.
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- Quad bikes or ATVs are one of the most common cause of death on Australian farms.
- Prevent accidents by ensuring all riders are trained and follow safety precautions.
- Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines if you carry extra loads like sprays, as they can affect the balance and stability of your bike.
- Consider a properly fitted rollover protection structure.
- Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times when riding a quad bike.
References used for this topic
Safe use of Quads and Side by Side Vehicles on Australian Farms
Quad bikes – a handbook for workplaces (2018) [PDF 670kb]
National Farmers Federation
Mythbuster: Crush Protection Devices [PDF]
Research & reviews:
British Medical Journal (BMJ)
Impact of helmets on injuries to riders of all-terrain vehicles [PDF]
Traffic Injury Prevention
Injury mechanisms in fatal Australian quad bike incidents (2016)