Quad bike safety

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Quad bikes (four-wheeled motorbikes) can be fun and useful, but you should consider safety issues before riding them for recreation or work.

  • On average, 15 people are killed each year in Australia while using quad bikes.
  • About half the fatalities involve recreational use.
  • Quad bikes are the leading cause of accidental death and injury on Australian farms.
  • Each year, an estimated 1,000 people using quad bikes receive injuries requiring hospital treatment.

Understanding the danger

Quad bikes:

  • are not all-terrain vehicles
  • can easily roll over and cause fatal crush injuries, even when ridden by safety-conscious people
  • pose a particular risk for children and older people.

Ways to prevent quad bike injuries and deaths

When considering using a quad bike, think carefully about whether it is a suitable vehicle for your needs.

To improve safety when using a quad bike you should:

  • select a machine that has a low risk of rollover
  • block off access to areas such as rough terrain or slopes
  • install a tested rollover or crush protection device
  • undertake a registered quad bike training course
  • ride on familiar tracks and beware of obstacles
  • always wear a helmet and ride at a safe speed.

Do not:

  • allow people aged under 16 to use quad bikes of any size
  • carry passengers
  • carry heavy loads or overload a quad bike. They become more unstable and may roll
  • operate on rough terrain or slopes
  • exceed towing limits
  • operate a quad bike while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Further advice

We do not regulate quad bike safety and cannot advise you about compliance. For more information, contact WorkSafe Victoria.

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