ABTA is advising holidaymakers and other travellers to think twice before hiring mopeds whilst overseas, and to only ride quad bikes as part of an organised excursion.

People are being urged to remember that while these vehicles may be fun to drive, they can also leave riders very vulnerable on the road. 

It’s also important that holidaymakers are aware of the limitations and exclusions of standard travel insurance policies – many of which will not cover accidents from quad bikes and mopeds, leaving seriously injured holidaymakers facing unaffordable medical bills.

In 2018 ABTA Members reported fifty quad bike accidents and eighteen moped accidents.

Here is ABTA’s advice for staying safe on holiday this summer.

Top tips: quad bike safety

While quad bikes may be fun to drive, they are also powerful pieces of machinery that can be extremely dangerous.

  1. Stick to enjoying quad biking as part of an organised off-road excursion and don’t use a quad bike on main roads.
  2. Check your insurance – you may not be covered to hire a quad bike.
  3. Always wear a protective helmet.
  4. Always wear appropriate clothing and footwear.
  5. Make sure that you are provided with the appropriate training to operate the vehicle safely.
  6. Check that the vehicle is in good condition – and do not ride it if you have any concerns.
  7. Watch your speed.
  8. Do not allow anyone to ride pillion.


ABTA is advising anyone travelling abroad that there will always be safer alternatives to hiring mopeds, including hiring a car, taking a taxi or using public transport.

Be aware that standard travel insurance will not cover riding a moped.

Further information

If you want to read more about some of the terrible accidents that can and have occurred to British Holidaymakers overseas recently, see our press release.

Case study

32-year-old Melanie Simmonds suffered serious injuries, following a quad bike accident whilst on holiday in Greece in 2010. After a series of operations, it took 14 months for Melanie to recover from the injuries she suffered, and she is keen to share her experiences so that others are aware of, and can avoid, the potential dangers of riding quad bikes.

We spoke to Melanie about the incident which you can watch below, together with our Quad Bike Safety video.

Melanie's story



Safety information if you're going quad biking on holiday as part of an organised off-road excursion.