On Yer Bike - Tips from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for motorcycling overseas
15 Sep 2010 at 07:55
By Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Guest blogger
Hiring a moped abroad may seem very tempting – a chance to feel the wind in your face as you enjoy the scenery.
However, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) staff often have to deal with British holiday-makers who have hired a two-wheeler abroad and come off, sometimes with very serious consequences.
So, the FCO has the following motorcycling tips to ensure you have a safe trip:
If you don't a motorbike or moped regularly in the UK, think twice before jumping on one abroad – it doesn’t get easier when driving on the other side of the road!
Make sure your travel insurance covers you before you decide to drive or be a passenger on a motorbike - check the exclusions carefully and ensure it covers third party cover. Our recent research shows that a quarter of young travellers admit to driving or being the passenger of a moped or quad bike without checking if their insurance covers them first!
Check your travel insurance includes repatriation in case of serious injury.
Travelling by motorcycle, scooter or moped is significantly more dangerous than by car - if you're not accustomed to riding a motorcycle you should not attempt to ride one for the first time abroad on unfamiliar roads.
Check the road conditions carefully – remember that braking distances can change in wet conditions.
If you do decide to hire a motorcycle or scooter, make sure you use a reputable hire company – check that they are licensed to hire bikes to tourists.
Always wear a helmet and protective clothing, whether you're the driver or a passenger.
Never have more than two people on a bike – even if the locals do!
Never ride your bike when you have been drinking alcohol.
If you hire quad bikes check your travel insurance covers you for their use. Only hire them from a reputable company and find out whether it's legal to ride them on the public road.
Check www.fco.gov.uk/drivingabroad for more advice and RAC’s driving abroad pages.
RAC Travel Insurance - http://www.rac.co.uk/travel-insurance/