Holiday Makers Urged to Avoid Quad Bike Danger
As holidaymakers start jetting off to foreign shores for a summer break, a Nottingham-based campaigning group has urged them to think twice before hiring quad bikes on foreign soil.
Whether by the Spanish coast or on a Greek island, quad bikes are becoming an increasingly popular way for tourists to get around. But Denise Kitchener, chief executive of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), says a lack of advice from foreign hire companies, as well as a laid back attitude toward health and safety, could mean people are taking serious risks.
Denise said people may not realise how powerful the machines are. “Hiring a quad bike might seem like great fun, but the power of a quad bike is similar to a car or a motorbike. We are really concerned that some foreign companies are not giving people enough instruction on how to handle the bike, or aren’t insisting that people wear safety helmets”.
Denise says simple precautions should be taken if people intend to hire a quad bike abroad:
• When taking out holiday insurance, let the insurance company know you intend to hire a quad bike so that you are given the right kind of cover.
• As with any ride-on vehicle, always wear a helmet whether on road or terrain. Life my be more relaxed on holiday, but safety threats are just as real.
• Ask the hire company questions, particularly about safety precautions and company credentials, for example how long have they been in business? Ask your holiday rep if the company is a reputable operator.
• Make sure you get clear guidance and instructions. If you are in doubt don’t go ahead.