First Aid Tips for Motorcyclists

I have immense love for motorcycles. There’s something about the throttling engines and two wheels that every other vehicle fails to fascinate me with. A long journey or simply a drive on a motorcycle feels fantastic. A four-wheeler carries you to your destination, but a two-wheeler makes you feel the whole journey. Your body is in continuous motion and pressure, similar to your motorcyclists. There are riders all over who have a very intimate association with their bikes; I am one of them.

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During my college days, checking out the fancy sports bikes in the parking intrigued me more than checking out boys. A rider can be in too much love with his bike, but he is still subjected to minor cuts and being worn out. There are many chances of being hurt or losing balance. Initially, while learning, as reckless as I am, I would often drive myself to an injury.

But many people who have been riding for a long time get hurt for one reason or another. If you do not get hurt, you can suffer from pain after a long motorcycle ride. A biker is always vulnerable to imbalances and accidents more than other vehicles. In such conditions, it’s crucial to be aware of basic first aid.

Be wary of your driving, but more of others:

Prevention is better than cure. While you can ensure optimum safety and a no-reckless ride, you can’t guarantee the same for others. Providing first aid to yourself can be tricky if you can’t gain consciousness, but it’s always good to learn something. You may be a great help to someone. In fact, in about 70% of road accidents, the right first aid is the saviour until specialized help arrives.

The only thing under your control is not to drive recklessly or drunk. And try to have a hold on your rearview mirror. Sometimes, people drive with their earphones on and unknowingly mislead themselves into miseries. Our brain can only concentrate on one thing at once; let it be your safety.


As hard as it seems, this is essential for any first aid. Stay calm and save you ‘cools’. The chances are that you’ll do more damage to yourself or the injured person by panicking. Stay controlled, take a deep breath and try to act rationally. Think twice before you go ahead and do something. Try to understand the situation and then act accordingly. Don’t do anything out of impulse. NO. Staying calm under such conditions can be your biggest asset and life-saving for others.

Head Injury or Unconsciousness:

If an accident scene leads you to a plot where the biker seems unconscious, or you see blood coming from the head or neck region, DO NOT take out the helmet immediately. If you must, gather at least one more person to hold his neck taut as you do so. Helmets do protect us from cranial injuries, but a careless move here can lead to spinal dysfunction of the person. Administer the injured, and check his breathing.

Call the ambulance and go for CPR if you need to. Stay calm but intelligent. Don’t let panic and fear take away the best of your aid. Sprinkle some water and look for other injuries if the person is conscious. Ask him if he’s okay and aid him in getting up slowly.

Burns and Wounds:

The pain and wound are extreme when the evil side of throttling engines strikes. While the burn can be moderate to extreme, the care and steps you take should always be appropriate. A golden rule is pouring cold water over it and then using an anti-burn treatment. Never try to peel any stuck clothing, or it will worsen. When the wounds are big, rush to the ambulance or a nearby hospital.

Ensure you do not surround the injured person and make situations harder for him. And no matter what you think or how much you know, a doctor always knows better. Take medical supervision if needed. A knife can cut dense clothing like leather and synthetic jackets but never touch it to the wound.


Press the area firmly to stop bleeding and raise the part against gravity to stop bleeding. If bleeding persists or there has been considerable blood loss, call the ambulance immediately. Until the ambulance makes its way, try to comfort the person and not let the crowd gather around him as it might make him feel suffocated.

To avoid any injury in the first place, always get your two-wheeler serviced on time and your motorcycle accessories updated.

In addition, it’s always suggested to know your path well. Keep some basic first aid handy if you’re an amateur rider and love to explore new places. Take care of your safety and wear clothing that doesn’t aggravate your injuries. Before “first aid”, aid yourself with knowledge.

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