Hazards and risks involved

Quad bikes and off-road buggies are popular vehicles for recreational and work use because of their perceived versatility, ease of operation and go-anywhere characteristics. But they do have limitations and risks.

The most common types of quad bike related incidents are rollovers, collisions with stationary objects and falling from the bike. The most common injuries are crush, head and cervical spine injuries.

Key risks when riding these vehicles include:

  • a high centre of gravity - made worse when turning on rough terrain or slopes
  • hitting hidden obstacles
  • overloading with excessive weight, or
  • when the rider is inexperienced or taking risks.

Always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Keep reading to learn more about quad bikes and buggies and safety tips to help keep you safe.