Six reasons not to buy a quad bike for kids this year

The RSA and An Garda Síochána have launched a public awareness campaign to highlight the dangers quad bikes and scramblers pose to children and to urge parents not to gift them this

Before you buy a quad bike or scrambler as a gift for a child this year think twice;

1) From 2014 – 2017 three of the four people who died in Ireland as a result of an incident involving a quad bike or scrambler were aged 18 or under according to the Road Safety Authority (RSA).
2) Like anything it’s not the quad bike that is dangerous, it’s the way it’s handled and many accidents are caused by a lack of training and/or experience.
3) Excessive speed is a key factor in accidents and children simply don’t have the strength, skills or experience to handle a bike that can be easily overturned if not controlled properly.
4) Children under 16 haven’t developed the skills to judge speed and distance and often collide with objects and other riders, causing injury to themselves and others.
5) Rollovers can be fatal, the risk of rollover increases when travelling at high speeds, carrying a load or travelling through unfamiliar or rough terrain.
6) Quad bikers or scramblers are not toys.

Geraldine Herbert

17th December 2018

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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