Are Quad Bikes and Kids Like Oil and Water? - Magzinenow

Are Quad Bikes and Kids Like Oil and Water?

Quad Bikes

Many families like to go on adventure vacations where hiking, river rafting and quad biking abound. But not all adventure activities are truly kid-friendly, one of the most controversial being quad biking. There are two schools of thought when it comes to quad biking for kids; One says quads teach kids valuable lessons about driving later in life, as well as coordination, motor control (take that any way you want) and, interestingly, following directions. Others believe that quads are inherently dangerous and that children under a certain age (which varies between 12 and 16 years of age) should not be allowed to ride them, even if Not under full adult supervision or on private land.

A US study of injury and death rates for children under the age of 16 while driving a quad revealed some alarming statistics. Actual rates of death and injury were described in terms of “epidemic” ratios. In the 20 years between 1982 and 2002, more than 500,000 children were injured while riding quads or ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), with the number of injuries and deaths increasing year-on-year since 1997.

Most children who are injured or killed in quad biking rental dubai accidents are under the age of 16 and are twice as likely to require emergency room treatment after an accident than older riders in the same age group. Children’s injuries are also more severe and require longer and more intensive treatment than older riders. The most common include head and spinal cord injuries.

A New Zealand study has revealed figures that are possibly even more alarming than those in the US. The youngest quad bike driver involved in an accident was just two years old and the average age of injured children was just over nine years old. Only 14 percent of children injured in quad crashes were wearing helmets, which explains the prevalence of skull fractures and facial injuries.

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Researchers around the world are finding similar results (although no other two-year-old drivers have been reported), which has prompted safety groups to call for tighter controls when driving.

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