Quad bikes can be great fun and are usually used for off-road pursuits due to their design. Some people though, choose to use their quads on public roads. The laws regarding road quads can vary from place to place so people who want to take their quads out on public roads should check with local authorities. In general, quads will require mirrors, brake lights and a speedometer. This article provides you with a buyer's guide to road legal quads.
Tips for road use
License and driving experience
A standard car driver's licence should be held before a quad can be taken out on the roads. Authorities want drivers with some experience driving quad bikes on the roads. Beginners are considered as a danger to other road-users. Licensed drivers will also be liable for any accidents that are caused by them.
Transforming an off-road bike into a road legal bike
Most quads are specifically designed for off-road use but you can find some that have been made for road use. Therefore, you can choose to buy a quad that has been designed for road use or you can alter a quad to make it road legal. To make ATV bikes legally suitable for the road, you will have to add mirrors, brake lights and a speed regulator. An ATV quad bike without the necessary changes will be pulled over.
Driving courses In some areas, riders will have to take a course in driving an off-road ATV on public roads. Courses such as these concentrate on maneuvers and riding safely. People who take the course will also be shown how to conduct regular safety checks.
Prohibitions Passengers are strictly forbidden in most areas when driving a quad on normal roads and riders seen taking passengers will be pulled over and possible face prosecution. Sometimes, quads can be unstable and they have been known to tip over, even when being driven at moderate speeds.
Insurance requirements Make sure that you keep all the necessary legal documents when driving a quad on normal roads. Insurance is a legal requirement which also provides peace of mind for riders. Getting insurance can sometimes be difficult for quad riders due to their reputation. Quad riders are sometimes regarded as reckless people.
Quad bikes are growing in popularity as an alternative to regular motor bikes. They can be quite exhilarating to drive. However, to be road legal, certain steps should be taken. Don't forget to wear a helmet!