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