Quad bike helmets fact sheet
Quad bikes are the leading cause of on-farm fatalities and serious injuries. Around 30 per cent of quad bike fatalities involve head injuries while 40 per cent of serious injuries involve a traumatic brain injury.
Risk of fatality in a quad bike incident can be reduced by as much as 40 per cent if the rider is wearing a helmet.1
There are a range of helmets suitable for on-farm use that are lightweight, ventilated, and provide sun protection.
Helmets that comply with a range of standards are available, including:
- AS/NZS 1698:2006 – Protective helmets for vehicle users
- UNECE22.05 – Protective helmets and their visors for drivers and passengers of motor cycles and mopeds
- NZS 8600:2002 – All-terrain vehicle helmets*
To stay safe while using a quad bike, make sure that you:
- choose the right vehicle for the task
- do a safe riding course
- always wear a helmet
- consider fitting operator protective devices
- use only suitable attachments
- don’t carry passengers
- maintain vehicles in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions
- don’t let kids ride adult-sized quad bikes
* Helmets compliant with the New Zealand Standard 8600:2002 are available for use on quad bikes at low speed (not exceeding 30 kilometres per hour).
1 Based on research conducted by University of New South Wales Transport and Road Safety, 2015.