When I heard the news there’d been another fatality with an ATV I assumed it was on a farm.
It wasn’t, although that doesn’t make the death any less a tragedy.
It does however, raise a question of what can be done to make quad bikes and ATVs safer.
Federated Farmers is urging more training for recreational users.
That might help but it won’t change the fact that they are big, powerful vehicles which can be difficult to control and are very unforgiving if they roll.
We’ve had two incidents when a quad bike and a its rider have ended up in the irrigation dam – both times the riders were unharmed. Last year one of our dairy workers broke a leg when she rolled a quad and like msot other farms our staff have had minor scrapes.
It’s not difficult to learn the basics of driving quad bikes and ATVs, probably easier than it is to ride a motorbike, but it takes strength, skill and experience to drive them safely.