A quad offers more versatility than other vehicles in terms of its towing capacity and its ability to cope with a range of terrain with ease, from boggy fields to steep inclines.
Can-Am, a large quad manufacturer, claims to “provide utility users with innovative, economical, comfortable and versatile ATVs and SSVs”.
While quads are popular, everyone needs to remember that a farm can be a potentially dangerous environment. Safety must be at the forefront of the user’s mind when operating a quad.
Always read the owner’s manual of the vehicle to get a good grasp of the vehicle before operating it.
Carefully inspect the quad to ensure that everything is in good working order before setting off.
Ensure that loads carried on racks are fully secure, evenly balanced and do not exceed the quad’s capacity (check the manufacturer’s recommendations).
When riding the quad, always wear the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) such as helmets, boots, long-sleeved shirts and trousers.
Always be aware of your surroundings. Keep your eyes peeled for any pedestrians, obstructions, livestock or anything else in the immediate area.
6 When riding across a slope, keep your weight to the front of the vehicle to prevent it from rising up on the front.
When riding downhill, sit as far back as possible. Select a low gear and allow engine braking to slow the quad down. This also leads to a reduction in the need to use brakes as well.
When operating in a new area, always walk the route before you drive through it. This is advised because it gives users a better perspective of the dangers and obstacles they could be faced with.
Always be aware of changing ground conditions. Irish weather is unpredictable and can change from rain to sun in a matter of moments. Changing conditions could potentially affect the attachments or loads you are pulling.