Stay safe on your quad

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The Mo­tor In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion is re­mind­ing own­ers of all-ter­rain ve­hi­cles (of­ten re­ferred col­lo­qui­ally to as quad bikes) that known safety prac­tices and train­ing will help keep all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle (ATV) users safe while us­ing their ve­hi­cles.

With a num­ber of re­cent fa­tal­i­ties from the use of ATVs in the work place and by recre­ational users, it is timely to re­mind users that some ba­sic safety prac­tices will greatly re­duce the like­li­hood of be­ing in­volved in an ac­ci­dent.

Says MIA chief ex­ec­u­tive David Craw­ford: “It is im­por­tant that when us­ing an ATV, users fol­low known safety prac­tices such as wear­ing a hel­met, not us­ing the ATV for tasks or in en­vi­ron­ments which it is not suited, en­sure it is well main­tained, not over­load­ing it and not us­ing an ATV un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or al­co­hol. Im­por­tantly, be­fore rid­ing an ATV for the first time, all users should un­der­take ap­pro­pri­ate train­ing in their use”

“Users should also be con­scious that many ATVs are sin­gle rider only ve­hi­cles. Car­ry­ing pas­sen­gers, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren, even for a short dis­tance can be danger­ous,” he said.

Within the farm­ing com­mu­nity some pre­fer not wear­ing a hel­met. How­ever, Worksafe NZ fig­ures that per in­jury cost of claims in­volv­ing ATVs, where the rider is re­ported wear­ing a hel­met the av­er­age claim cost is $590, while the per in­jury cost for rid­ers not re­ported as wear­ing a hel­met is $13,300. All man­u­fac­tur­ers rec­om­mend hel­mets should be worn at all times when us­ing an ATV.”

The MIA stresses that chil­dren un­der the age of 16, whether do­ing farm work or rid­ing recre­ation­ally, must only ride specif­i­cally de­signed and la­belled age ap­pro­pri­ate ATVs, un­der adult su­per­vi­sion, and never be al­lowed to ride adult sized ATVs.

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