Dangers of Bike Rental in Phuket
Phuket Transport | Renting a motorbike on Phuket Island
Bike hire (rev and go style scooters) are very popular for visitors to Phuket as a choice for personal transportation. These machines are surprisingly fast if you're not used to them and admittedly are also very enjoyable to ride. They are also a much cheaper option to the expensive Tuk Tuks.
The unfortunate problem is that most people renting a motorcycle like this do not have any experience on bikes, knowledge of the Thai traffic laws or of the obstacles which range from sand on the road to open drains, potholes, strange one way systems (Patong Beach) and most importantly other traffic on the road.
Therefore Phuket does suffer an extremely high accident rate as the old adage states, "when riding a motorbike it's not a case of if you have an accident, but when." As you travel round the island you will white square outlines drawn on the road and you'll see new ones every day. These are the markings by the police to indicate an accident.
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Rules & Regulations
If you are hiring a car or motorcycle and you don't have a valid international drivers licence and you have an accident, your insurance policy maybe invalid.
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