Fancy trying something new this holiday? Motorcycling is the perfect way to explore different countries and their hidden treasures. Whether you're hiring a moped for the day or dusting off the Harley, making sure you have the correct license, insurance and attire is important.
Sounds like a lot, right? Don't worry, we've got your back!
You're on holiday so of course you're going to let your hair down! 28% of Brits admit to being more carefree and adventurous whilst they're on holiday according to research conducted by Travel Insurance Explained.
But bear in mind, although many countries will allow you to ride a moped, scooter, motorbike or quad bike regardless of whether you have a license, your travel insurance will only provide cover if you hold a valid UK license for the vehicle you are driving - including for the correct engine size.
Cover can vary depending on when you passed your test, so check your license before hopping on...
For more information on licenses, check the Government website.
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has reported a worrying increase in claims involving holidaymakers suffering serious injuries whilst riding motorbikes abroad. With the cost of treating a broken leg in Thailand reaching around £16,000, you want to make sure you purchase the appropriate travel insurance.
Most travel insurance policies will cover for people to ride a moped, scooter or motorcycle up to 125cc as standard, as long as you hold the relevant UK license and are wearing a crash helmet. Quadbikes and larger engines can be covered for an additional premium.
If you do not hold the correct UK license and are injured whilst riding a moped, scooter, motorbike or quadbike and need medical treatment, your travel insurance may refuse to cover the costs - leaving you out of pocket.
Before buying your travel insurance it is important to check if they provide cover for personal liability. If you cause injury to someone else or their property you are liable for the costs. Some travel insurance policies will offer this cover, where as some will suggest taking out this cover with the hire company. Either way, it is cover worth having!
So, you've mastered the roads and are now feeling a little more adventurous, but wait! - are you covered? Off-road and downhill motor biking can be added to most policies for an additional premium. Be sure to check before you take part in the activity - just in case!
If you are a riding as passenger on one of these vehicles it is still your responsibility to check that the driver holds the appropriate license, if they don't you won't be covered either!
The most important thing to remember when riding a moped, scooter, motorcycle or quad bike on holiday is you MUST wear a crash helmet, whether it is legally required or not - your safety is much more important than helmet hair!
Whether you-re driving or riding pavilion, it is best to wear long clothing - not shorts or bikinis - and appropriate footwear; flip-flops are a definite no! no!
We recommend that you wear something similar to trainers or boots because in the event of an accident, appropriate footwear could help prevent serious life threating injuries. At best, gravel injuries can result in permanent scarring and at worst, in the total loss of a limb. When cleaning a wound, it is difficult to remove every piece for gravel - leading to risk of infection and sepsis.
We know it can be hot and the last thing you want to do is cover up on holiday, but to prevent serious injuries we recommend hiring a pair of leathers, along with the vehicle, and popping them in your bag to pull on when you are riding around.
It is better to be safe than fashionable! Wear a helmet and cover up your bare skin.
If you are thinking about riding a moped/ scooter, motorbike or quad bike on your next holiday here are some points to keep in mind:
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