Perspective: Emphasizing Safe Engineering Design Features of Quad Bikes in Agricultural Safety Programs

Jenna Gibbs, Carolyn Sheridan, Farzaneh Khorsandi, Aaron M. Yoder

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To date, most quad bike educational programs have featured an operatorfocused approach, focusing on adherence to administrative controls, personal responsibility, and personal protective equipment. Though these programs lead to shifts in 'safety knowledge', they result in very little change in actual rider behavior. In this perspectives article, we highlight discussions from a recent ATV Safety Symposium and USDA-NIFA review of agricultural ATV safety in the U.S. that highlight the dire need for building agricultural community awareness of quad bike engineering controls such as CPDs, wider and more stable frame designs, and others. Although CPDs were introduced 15 years ago, we continue to observe low awareness of this and other important quad bike safety features among young adults in agriculture. We believe that it will be critical to apply some of the recommendations outlined in this article to improve future outreach programs focused on quad bike safety for agricultural occupational use. If rural, agricultural communities learn to accept and respect these life-saving technologies, future standards, policies, and legislative actions are more likely to be well-received.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages7
Specialist publicationJournal of agricultural safety and health
StatePublished - 2023


  • Agriculture
  • All-terrain vehicle (ATV)
  • Crush-protection device (CPD)
  • Engineering
  • Operator
  • Outreach
  • Quad bike
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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