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*

Next steps

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

AS/NZS 1698

Example of AS/NZS 1698 compliant helmet

UNECE 22.05

Example of UNECE 22.05 compliant helmet

NZS 8600

Example of NZS 8600 compliant helmet

Example of NSZ 8600 compliant helmet

*  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.

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