A quarter of young travellers use mopeds abroad without checking their travel insurance cover

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Post Office Travel Insurance reminds travellers of the importance of assessing their travel insurance policy before hiring vehicles abroad

Recent research by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has revealed that a quarter of young travellers admit to driving or being the passenger of a moped or quad bike without checking if their travel insurance covers them first.

According to the FCO, accidents involving hired motorbikes, scooters, quad bikes and mopeds are common in popular tourist destinations and could result in serious injury. In addition, the FCO warns that a travel insurance policy may be invalidated if the passenger is not wearing a crash helmet or if the hired vehicle is unregistered. Post Office Travel Insurance reminds those who are considering using this form of transport to verify the terms of their travel insurance policy, as this may affect a potential claim.

Travellers could face medical bills if they require medical treatment abroad but do not have valid travel insurance cover. Post Office Travel Insurance advises all holidaymakers to ensure they have the necessary travel insurance cover before going away. Travellers are also advised to check local driving laws and ensure they hire any vehicles from a reputable company.

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