Riding motorbikes on holiday can be a fantastic and exhilarating way of exploring your new surroundings. They are more flexible, adaptable and nimble than cars. Motorbikes provide you with a more immersive experience whilst on holiday.
However, it’s an unfortunate yet ultimately inescapable fact that riding motorbikes, particularly in unfamiliar areas, is fraught with danger and can potentially pose numerous risks to both your own health and safety, and that of others.
Riding motorbikes on holiday – the main dangers
- Unknown surroundings – No matter how many maps you study, you are simply never going to be as familiar with the roads on holiday as the ones around where you live. This not only means you inevitably won’t be completely certain where the turns are or how sharp they may be, but also the condition of the road surfaces and the surrounding terrain. All too easily, you can suffer from a road traffic accident caused by a pothole, a sudden swerve in the road or an unexpectedly tight corner.
- Poor quality vehicles – Depending on where you go, it may be the case that motorbikes and other road vehicles are not subject to the same stringent tests as we have come to expect in the United Kingdom. This means that you may find yourself on a vehicle that wouldn’t be deemed road worthy back home.
- Different road laws – From the obvious, major differences, such as driving on the other side of the road, to more subtle changes, such as being able to turn right on a red light, it’s important you are fully aware of the rules of the road in your holiday destination. Remember, speed limits are more than likely going to be in kilometres.
- Distractions – If you’re on holiday, the chances are you are there for the sights, scenery and views. Whether you are drinking in the iconic landmarks of a famous city or gazing out across endless stretches of coastline or luscious green forests, it’s important to remember to keep your eyes, and ears, focused on the road when travelling. The scenery can wait. Safety on the road can’t.
Claiming for a holiday accident
If you are injured on holiday, or hurt in an accident on the road that wasn’t your fault, then you may well be due some injury compensation. A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline will put you in touch with one of our expert advisors. There’s no obligation, so call 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: February 23, 2017
Author: Accident Advice