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    Posted: 17 May 2016 at 3:24pm
Hi all,

Going to Corfu for a few days in June and our original plan was to hire a quad/bike/buggy for a few days. Was going to hire a car but not that confident at driving, plus don't have to deal with expensive fuel, parking, small roads, other side of road (have licence). Figured this would be a nice compromise.

Looking at videos of people's travel holidays online everyone either had a quad or scooter and looks fine (avoiding main busy roads of course). However, on forums everyone seem to think they are the most dangerous thing about.


Just wanted some new opinions on the matter. Internet a little biased? Internet accurate? Anyone hired a quad/bike/buggy and have experiences? We want it for a couple days to tour the coast areas.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2016 at 3:57pm
A car is much safer. 
a) If you hire a quad/bike/buggy you still have to drive on the right.
b) Check your travel insurance as many do not cover for quads/buggies as they are considered an extreme sport.
c) Does your licence cover you for driving a moped/bike in Greece?
To be honest if you are not that confident on driving a car I would give the quads/buggies/bikes a miss as driving a car is far safer.
Cars are safer and more stable and can usually deal with the potholes here. Gravel rash from coming off the others is painful.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2016 at 6:23pm
Other drivers would worry me more. The roads can be narrow with tight bends so you often find a queue of cars behind a quad bike. There are often very few passing places which mean the (usually local) drivers take risks overtaking. It will be difficult to avoid the main roads completely as Corfu is effectively one main road around the island with small village roads directly off this. If you do go ahead make sure you wear a helmet, suitable clothing and not flip flops!! Whichever your choice the roads should not be too bad in June so enjoy.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2016 at 7:29pm
I would go for a car myself I didn't drive for years in Corfu but with in an hour of hiring one I was wishing I'd done it years ago.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2016 at 7:52pm
Thanks for getting in touch. We would hire the quad in the place we were staying which would be Paleokastritsa. We would like to travel around the top left of the island and would use transfers to get to the apartment. We would make an effort to avoid main roads.

This video of a couple on a quad was what give us the idea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INtAzk06HHE - The roads look fairly quiet.

While I wouldn't mind hiring a car the tight bends would be tricky given I haven't driven a lot before.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 May 2016 at 9:42pm
Sorry, I agree with Elliemay. Much safer with a car. We actually witnessed an accident with a quad bike when the one in front of us caught loose gravel at the edge of the road. The quad tipped forward and threw the driver about 10 feet in the air. How he wasn't killed I do not know!  Whatever you decide, good luck and enjoy your holiday.    Moyra

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 May 2016 at 7:39am
If you want to do the top left of the island I doubt you would get up the hill on a quad taking the direct route out of Paleokastritsa. You can only hire a more powerful quad if you have a full bike licence. Whatever you choose enjoy.Thumbs Up
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2016 at 5:39pm
I've ridden a 125cc quad with my teenage daughter on the back for the last four years around the North of Corfu.

Based in Acharavi, we've been to Kassiopi (day & night), Paleokastritsa, Arillias, Old Perithia, Pantokrator, Ag Georgis, Angelokastro and many other places.

The main point though is not to drive like an idiot, you do have to be more alert to other traffic and take into consideration the roads etc

Learn how the quad reacts at speed (30 mph in reality) and how and when to brake.

Yes, I've been fortunate, no accidents and not seen a quad accident but I've also seen quite a few car accidents as well whilst on Corfu that had nothing to do with quads.

Absolutely massive thing to take into consideration, standard holiday insurance will not cover you if you have an accident on a quad.

Do what you feel best with but always stay safe.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2016 at 5:42pm
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Wear a helmet, it's the law and stops your head getting burnt :-)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 May 2016 at 1:32am
Mopeds really are deadly. All too easily made to swerve and lose control, and over the edge of the road you go. At least with a quad you're a bit more stable. I simply can't fit in any of the cars available for hire so on Corfu I've just gone without. I have had a quad on Santorini though. You can top up your regular insurance for such activities at another insurer; you just don't need another lot of flight cancellation and baggage loss insurance if you already have it on your regular policy. I've used JS Insurance before and specified using a quad bike, but I've never had to claim so I can't say for sure they're reliable.

If you've never ridden one before though, there's plenty to watch out for. If they hit a hole in the road you could all too easily go over the front. So the temptation is to keep looking down at the road just ahead of you and not look up. What you should be doing is avoiding being forced to the edge of the road where the surface is broken up and occasional posts and signs block your way. But not to ride too far out, so that other vehicles can still pass.

The other thing to watch is the handling - dust or sand on the road makes them hard to stop and harder still to steer. Their turning circle is wider than you might expect, and with a solid rear axle, if you put the power on, they'll understeer and just launch straight ahead instead of turning.

But generally, don't go for one that's ridiculously over-powered, and take it easy. And just don't go anywhere near the main town with all its multi-lane junctions.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 May 2016 at 3:41pm

Despite the fact that quads have four wheels, they are not for the novice; as Joefish says, the handling can be strange and the controls might be quite alien to you. They can also be unstable in the corners as the suspension is quite hard and you may need to lean your body into the corner.

If you are a nervous driver, stick to what you know - a (small) car.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17 Aug 2016 at 5:38pm
That's true - you can also all too easily be caught out by your own bodyweight when cornering - you might not need to lean in like a motorbike to balance it on a corner, but if you don't lean it it's you that will be flung out to the side!

Another couple of tips I picked up were not to rely on the parking brake when leaving it but chock a wheel with a handy rock; and if the electric starter doesn't start it first time (which happens at the most inconvenient times) don't panic - just look for a fold-down kick-start pedal, stand up, and stamp down on it.

I recently saw on the news another 'tragic story' of a travel insurance company refusing to pay out to fly some kid home. Because (a) they didn't cover quad biking and (b) he wasn't wearing a helmet. Seems to me the situation was his own fault entirely.

Certainly on Santorini I found it was a great way to get around. I'm a bit more wary of Corfu's twisty roads and blind corners though, and so far have seen plenty just by walking!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Aug 2016 at 3:58pm
In the past few weeks there have been three serious quad bike accidents that I know of. Two where the insurance would not cover either for repatriation or medical care. No info on the third yet as that was yesterday. Make sure your EHIC card is up to date. Please make sure that your licence allows you to drive one of these contraptions, under EU law you are licensed to drive within the EU whatever you are licensed to drive at home and also check that your holiday insurance to make sure that you are covered as they are considered an extreme sport by many insurance companies. 
As yet we do not have a definitive answer as to what licence is required as even the traffic police are confused. Seems that for a 50cc you need a motor bike licence and for anything bigger a car licence but that is no way gospel as all here seem confused as to the true law.
Bearing in mind also when you sign the contract to hire this contraption it is in Greek, so do you really know what you are signing for???
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Aug 2016 at 9:11pm
On a UK Driving License they come under 'B1', which is a light 4-wheeled motor vehicle up to 400kg unladen. It's an off-shoot of the category for cars, 'B', not motorbikes. Basically it's classed like a Sooty Van! So most car license holders are licensed to drive one, and so would be elsewhere in Europe.

https://www.gov.uk/quad-bikes-the-rules

In line with that classification, in the UK, there's no legal requirement to wear protective clothing or a helmet, but you're asking for trouble if you don't. However, in the UK, there are all sorts of problems to get through to actually have a quad bike approved for road use in the first place. Then you have number plates, tax, MOT, insurance, etc. as with any other road vehicle.

An insurance company can put any clause they like in their terms though. For example, many holiday insurance schemes now say they only cover moped use if you have a motorbike licence, which a lot of people won't have because in the UK most car licenses are sufficient. And a helmet will be mandatory.

You can pretty much guarantee that anything sold to you by your travel agent or you get free with a credit card or home insurance policy won't cover quad-biking though. If you look, you'll probably find it doesn't cover other seemingly obvious holiday activities like horse-riding or parascending either, and you should probably look closely at the bits on swimming, snorkelling, pedal-boats etc. too. And even if quad-biking does get a mention, it'll only be for off-road organised group activities - not road driving.

You need to get a particular insurance policy that will cover it (and will probably cover a load of other things too). For example, this policy has an option for 'Sports & Activities' that then covers a load of things that probably aren't included under a standard travel policy, even though you might expect them to be. Click on the policy wording to see a list of everything that you only get by selecting that extra option:

https://www.jsinsurance.co.uk/sports_and_activities.php

Interesting to note that they increase the excess and reduce the personal accident cover for activities such as parascending and sea kayaking (ulp!) and specifically say you're not covered for "jumping or diving from a pier(s), a wall(s), a bridge(s) or a rock(s) including tombstoning or shore diving". Whoops Sidari! At least it doesn't say off the front of Stephanos' barbecue boat... LOL

Most people renting you a Quad Bike in Greece will make you pay for standard third-party insurance as you would have (at a minimum) for car hire, but hold you personally responsible for any damage to the bike (which is probably barely worth a grand to replace). In the rowdier resorts where a lot of accidents happen, you may even be asked to sign a blank credit card slip and leve it with the owner as 'deposit' before they'll let you go out. If you do, make sure you see it destroyed after you return the quad!
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