The summer holiday opens up a plethora of options for fun as you cast aside the stresses of everyday life for a short break with family or friends. It’s always good to do something new when on holiday, and renting a quadbike is becoming a more and more popular method of getting around. However, there are dangers associated with such vehicles that may lead to a holiday accident compensation claim.
How can I make sure that renting a quadbike doesn’t cause a holiday mishap?
Quadbikes can be an extremely fun way to get around, offering a unique set of experiences and sensations. But they are dangerous if not treated responsibly, so follow our tips to stay safe:
- Familiarise yourself with the quadbike – Before you set off it is essential to take a look around the vehicle and check that you know how to use all of the functions you may need when driving. Quadbikes differ from normal road bikes and cars in a variety of ways, and with different models all likely to be unique in some way, even experienced ‘quad’ riders need to be prepared.
- Get insured – Be sure that you have either arranged cover or have cover as part of your rental agreement, especially if you are planning to use public roads. Any damage to the ‘quad’ or to any other vehicles on the road could be your fault, while a holiday injury may result in the need for medical attention.
- Wear the correct safety gear – Helmets, pads, goggles, and correct footwear are all absolutely essential when operating a quadbike. They may not always be the most stylish of items, but they can literally save your life.
- Don’t carry extra weight – Weight is a massive factor on a quadbike, as the machine is driver active (requires shifts in the drivers weight to manoeuvre). Large loads can alter this and effect stability, which could result in an accident and personal injury. Also, check that your quad allows for passengers before considering taking somebody else along. If you are unsure, members of staff at the rental company should be able to tell you if passengers are allowed.
- Use a trusted rental company – Be sure to use a reputable company to ensure that your quadbike has been properly maintained and that you will be covered by their insurance deals. Failure to do so can put you at risk of a holiday accident.
Although quadbikes are dangerous there is no reason to be put off using one to make your holiday that little bit more exciting, but do remember to be safe.