In order to explore the sights and sounds of one of Thailand’s most vibrant islands, many people choose to avail of the relatively inexpensive scooters for rent. Although hiring a scooter in Phuket can be a fun, enjoyable and incredibly rewarding experience, it is not without its perils. Here are some top safety tips from Accident Advice Helpline.
Before you decide to rent a scooter, you must ensure that your driving licence is internationally recognised. If you obtained your licence in the UK, you may need to apply for an international driving permit from your local post office branch. A permit costs £5.50 and is valid for one year.
Some people may notice that locals do not wear a helmet when riding a scooter. Not only is it an offence resulting in a fine not to wear a helmet, but it is also extremely dangerous. If you are involved in a road traffic accident even at low speed without a helmet, the consequences could be potentially fatal. Always wear a helmet when using a scooter.
Check the petrol gauge
Many scooters in Phuket are rented out with barely any petrol. It is important to check to see if this is the case before setting out and fill the tank accordingly.
Photographing the state of the scooter
Rented scooters are not necessarily new. They may be cosmetically damaged or in a state of disrepair. Clarify that this is the case and photograph any pre-existing damage to the scooter in order to avoid any difficulties when returning the scooter.
Making a visual inspection of the scooter
In addition to photographing the cosmetic damage, it is imperative to perform a visual inspection of the scooter. Don’t worry if you are not mechanically minded, it is not essential to perform a full check of the engine and its components. Perform a quick visual check on the main areas such as the tyres, mirrors, seat and chain. Any defects will become apparent with a quick but thorough visual inspection.
Accident in Phuket? Contact Accident Advice Helpline
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic collision in Phuket within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline, today, on 0800 689 0500, for more information. We can even help you to make a claim for compensation for a motorbike accident that occurred on holiday outside the UK.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice