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It really won't happen to me!

It really won't happen to me!
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New Zealand

Those who understand they may be at risk of a quad bike accident are actually more likely to have one, a study by University of Otago researcher Dr Lynne Clay has found.

Conversely, quad users with a strong "it won't happen to me" mentality were found less likely to suffer a loss of control event.

Clay interviewed 216 farmers for a doctoral thesis examining the relationship between human factors and agricultural quad bike incidents. She found that, although some associations with increased accident risk - youth, male gender, and a tendency to impulsive behaviour - were predictable, risk awareness was a poor predictor of outcome.

The link between perceived susceptibility and increased risk appears to be driven by past experience, she said, with those who have suffered more incidents in the past recognising that it may happen again.

"Perceiving personal susceptibility motivated farmers to adopt precautionary behaviours, but this did not necessarily relate to fewer incidents."

However these accidents were not generally the result of deliberate risk taking, she said, and were often caused by the rider's response to a risky situation that arose in the course of their work. In such circumstances farmers often elected 'in the moment' to press on with the job rather than manage the risk.

She noted that only a third of her interview subjects had formal training in quad bike use, but there was interest in training to help them address risky scenarios, provided it was presented by credible trainers, in a realistic environment.

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