As holiday activities go, few are as thrillingly adventurous and exciting as renting a quad-bike abroad. There are few better ways to explore a new area than on four robust tyres, traversing over the terrain, and pulling up somewhere new and invigorating.
Unfortunately, it’s also an unavoidable truth that renting a quad-bike abroad is one of the riskiest and most dangerous things you can do. In fact, it’s not uncommon to struggle to find insurance companies that will include this particular activity in their package.
However, when done safely and no holiday injuries are suffered, it’s an unbelievable and unforgettable experience.
How can I avoid an accident on holiday when renting a quad-bike abroad?
The first thing you need to do is check who you are hiring from. You want a reputable company with a solid track record and professional looking offices. Now is not the time to be scrimping and saving.
A number of companies offer guided quad-bike tours to guests in hotels and this might be a good place to start, particularly if you are not that confident both in terms of your surroundings and the pursuit itself.
Once you’ve made your decision, it is vital that you wear a helmet. Nothing brings an adventure down like a serious accident on holiday and head injuries are about as serious as it gets.
When you’re out on the road, it’s vitally important that you obey all the signs and directions as if you were in a car. Road traffic accidents can cause serious personal injuries at the best of times and a quad-bike offers comparatively little protection.
Add in the fact that you are travelling along strange, unfamiliar roads, usually in the opposite lane to which you are used to, and it’s a recipe for disaster unless you are careful.
This is not to say that quad-biking should be avoided at all costs, just that measures should be taken to ensure that the impact and severity of any holiday injuries is minimal and that the chances of them happening are as low as possible.
What should I do if I suffer a holiday accident whilst quad-biking?
Fortunately, if the worst does happen, then help is at hand. One free call to Accident Advice Helpline can establish whether or not you might be due some travel accident compensation and they can take it from there, usually settling out of court on a no-win, no-fee basis.
So for expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: November 10, 2013
Author: David Brown