Thanks to hit TV shows, such as Sons of Anarchy, the popularity of travelling on a motorbike abroad has reached new heights once more. Yet, to minimise the risk of experiencing travel accidents, it is important to know what to do when travelling on a motorbike abroad.
Legalities and road regulations can be different from country to country. Wise up before you burn that rubber.
General advice when travelling on a motorbike abroad
If you intend to go travelling on a motorbike abroad for more than 12 months, you must inform the DVLA that you are taking your bike out of the country for a prolonged period of time.
Otherwise, you can, at present, ride your motorcycle abroad with your GB driving licence within the EU. If you are planning on travelling on a motorbike abroad outside of the EU, you can check over at Gov.uk to learn if you need an International Driving Permit.
Things to remember before travelling on a motorbike abroad
As well as covering your back in terms of driving licences and permits, you will need to know the rules of the road for the country you intend to go travelling in.
- Road signs will be different, make sure you understand what they mean before you leave.
- Cars may approach you faster than they do in the UK, thanks to the higher speed limits, which is important to bear in mind.
- Check the AA website for specific riding rules for each country you intend to travel within, some have very specific requests, for example, in France you must carry a breathalyser.
- Make sure your motorbike has a GB sticker clearly showing, especially if your registration plate doesn’t have the GB symbol.
- Ride with caution and plan your route before you leave.
Claiming compensation for travel accidents
If you have been involved in a road accident abroad through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation for the harm and distress you have been made to endure.
Of course, travel accident claims can be complex, which is why you will need Accident Advice Helpline’s team of experts on hand.
For more information, and to receive a free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors today. Call us on freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.