QUAD BIKE SAFETY
Keeping safe on a quad bike
Quad bikes handle very differently from normal road vehicles, there is no mandatory training to drive a Quad bike, however as with all motorised vehicles we strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the controls of the bike and advise that full safety equipment is worn at all times.
This includes Helmets, Gloves, Boots, Body Armour & Protective Clothing. During the early stages Quad bikes need to be manoeuvred carefully – especially on uneven ground, because they can overturn easily, and their handling characteristics on the road are significantly different from those of cars or motorbikes and we recommend customers undertake a training course.
For more information on training and courses contact Viper Quads
As with any vehicle, drivers should carry out pre-start checks for any obvious safety issues. These checks include the:
- Operation of brakes
- Steering and throttle
- Condition of the tyres
What To Know Before You Go
10 Things Every Rider Must Know About Quad Bikes
1. Quads are NOT toys! They are powerful and potentially dangerous vehicles.
2. Quads can travel at speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour and can weigh in excess of 700 pounds.
3. Quads can easily roll and tip over. They are unpredictable which makes training and proper use essential.
4. Quads can be unpredictable in wet conditions so extra caution is advised.
5. All riders should always wear a helmet when on a Quad bike, in addition to head and eye protection we strongly recommended suitable boots, clothing and gloves similar to those used by an experienced motorcyclist.
6. Take your time and become familiar with your Quad to avoid any accidents, we advise extreme caution particularly in the early stages of learning to handle your bike.
7. Check your bike after each ride to ensure nothing has come loose that could cause an accident.
8. Never carry a passenger on a singe-rider Quad, only carry passengers on a two seater quad when you have become familiarized with your bike.
9. Do not drive a Quad while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
10. In 2003, there were an estimated 740 deaths associated with ATVs, including 140 reported deaths that involved children. In 2004, an estimated 136,000 ATV-related injuries were treated in hospital emergency rooms.