Booking a summer holiday in 2013 – what advice would you give to your 18 year old self to stay safe and avoid accidents?

As the end of their school life is just a few short months away, many 18 year olds are thinking about booking their first summer holiday without their parents. So what health and safety advice would parents give to their own self at that age, with the benefit of hindsight? 

Watersports could be seen as one of the most dangerous holiday activities for young people, as Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents statistics show that between 2000-2005, 475 British tourists drowned whilst on holiday. This is a fact that would strike fear into the heart of many parents, but what advice can they offer their teenage children before they embark on their first adventure without Mum and Dad?

The benefit of hindsight is a fine thing, but worried parents around the country will be wondering how to curb some of their youngster’s natural enthusiasm, and instil some basic common sense when it comes to taking part in activities whilst on holiday.

The Accident Advice Helpline deal with holiday accident compensation claims all year round, and a spokesperson for the company summed it up by saying,

“There are so many risks associated with taking part in water activities abroad, from the quality standards of each individual provider, to the danger of teenage group bravado, but it isn’t just water activities that lead to accidents. For example, hiring a moped to explore the area, but not wearing a helmet is also a recipe for disaster.”

They went on to say, “Parents need to find a way to explain the risks of holidaying abroad to their teenagers without dampening their spirit of adventure. We deal with many holiday accident compensation claims for accidents that could have been avoided, had simple safety measures been in place.”

The Accident Advice Helpline is a non-fault accident claim advice and compensation provider. Their free helpline number is available 24 hours a day on 0800 180 4123, and friendly advisors are on hand to offer expert personal injury claim advice.

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