Motorcycle First Aid: What You Need To Know

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By Ryan Adams

The first thing you need to know is that we are not trained professionals. The second thing you need to know is that we’re not trained medical professionals either. Now that we’ve got that out of the way, we wanted to put together a basic overview of what a macro look at motorcycle-specific first aid and best safety practices might entail. We won’t be touching topics like, how to clean wounds, how to splint a leg, or how to reattach an appendage. I mean, yea, we’ve seen Frankenstien, we could probably stitch someone back together. Seems easy enough, but we’ll leave that to the pros and mad scientists.

Really, this article is meant to be a broad overview of some of the tools and tips to get you on your way to being able to handle and administer first aid should the circumstance call for it. Also something to consider, get your riding buddies in on the idea, because if you’re the only one well-prepared and something happens to you, all your training and preparedness (or at least most of it) will be for naught.

Take a class

Take some first aid training classes, and/or refresh previous training or certifications. This is the best way to ensure you’ll be ready to deal with an unfortunate situation should one arise. You’ll have the correct tools, not just in your first aid kit, but in your toolbox of knowledge, too.

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There are a lot of first aid and first responder classes available. These training classes can cover everything from situational awareness to how to treat specific injuries. Some programs cover all of the above. A quick Google search will yield dozens of results, but there are also a few motorcycle-specific programs that put a focus on motorcycle …read more

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