Christmas break is an exciting time of year, family time, warm weather, and a well-earned break.
But the festive season can also become a sad time time of year for the farming community.
Why you may ask? Keep reading to find out…
According to St John ambulance, quad bike accidents are more common over Christmas period than any other time of year.
Last year, 30 people were injured in quad bike accidents over the holiday period. Most were aged 17 or under.
A sad reminder of this trend came at the start of summer this year, when a 17 year old man was killed in a quad bike accident on an Australian farm.
While the increase in quad bike accidents over this period can be attributed to a number of factors, there are some that stand out.
According to Charles Armstrong, Chairman of Farmsafe Australia, the incidence of quad bike accidents increases over the Christmas period because it’s a time when visitors are more likely to be on the farm.
“Visitors tend to be less experienced using quads, and assume that quads are safe because of their sturdy appearance and four wheels instead of two,” Mr Armstrong said.
“Something that inexperienced quad bike riders might not be aware of is the tendency of quad bikes to roll.
In all deaths recorded over the 2016-17 and 2017-18 summer season, over half were as a result of a quad bike rollover.
“This summer and Christmas break, we urge people to exercise caution when using quad bikes,” Mr Armstrong said.
“Wear a helmet, don’t carry passengers, and don’t let children under 16 ride an adult-sized quad. Let’s keep the summer break associated with joy and celebration!”