Although travelling abroad is usually done via aeroplane or even train, the ferry remains a popular method of transport. With the UK comprising islands a wide variety of ports can take you to Ireland, Spain, France and Holland among others, allowing you to start you journey conveniently. However, there are certain risks associated with ferry travel that may result in a travel accident compensation claim.
How can I make sure I don’t suffer a holiday accident on the ferry?
Although ferries are generally safe and reliable, there are certain unique dangers associated with them. Use our guide to stay safe:
- Pay attention to safety procedures – Every ferry will have a unique set of safety procedures to follow, so paying attention to announcements is key. In the unlikely event of an accident it is vital to know what you are doing, so if you are unsure of anything it is worth asking a member of staff. Pamphlets should also be present to help you prepare for any eventuality.
- Don’t stay in your car – One major advantage of ferry travel is the ability to take your car abroad. When you enter the ferry it is best to leave your vehicle in the correct bay and move up to the deck of the ship. Not only is it more comfortable in this area, but it is also safer, with rough seas creating the potential to move cars around and cause accidents. Also, if taking a car it is wise to make yourself aware of the road laws in the country you about to enter to avoid any road accidents.
- Don’t lean over the railings on deck – When on deck it is very tempting to take a look over the edge to see the sea. However, it is extremely dangerous to lean over any railing as you could potentially fall and suffer a personal injury.
- Secure travel insurance – As with any trip abroad it is important to secure adequate cover in case of holiday accidents occurring. Insurance policies can protect you against potentially expensive medical bills and keep your trip stress-free.
The ferry is an efficient and practical way of starting your holiday and taking your car abroad. There are, of course, dangers, but following our tips should keep you safe and ensure a trouble-free trip.