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 motorcycle feels amazing. 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 as similar to your motorcycle. There are riders all over who have a very intimate association with their bikes, I am one of them.
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 long sometimes get hurt due to one reason or another. If not get hurt then there are chances of suffering from pains after long motorcycle ride. A biker is always vulnerable to the imbalances and accidents more than other vehicles. In such conditions, it’s but crucial to be aware of the basic first aid.
Be wary of your driving, but more of others:
Prevention is better than cure. While you can ensure optimum safety and no-reckless ride, you can’t guarantee the same for others. Providing first aid to yourself can be a little tricky, especially if you can’t gain consciousness but it’s always good to learn something. You may turn out to be a great help for someone. In fact, in about 70% of the road accidents, right first aid is the savior until specialised help arrives.The only thing that’s under your control is to not drive recklessly or drunk. And try to have a hold on your rear view mirror. Sometimes, people drive with their earphones on and unknowingly mislead themselves to miseries. Our brain can only concentrate at one thing at one time, let it be your safety.
As hard as it seems, this is the most essential component of any first aid. Stay calm and save your ‘cools’. The chances are that you’ll do more damage upon you 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, check his breathing. Call the ambulance and go for CPR if you need to. Stay calm but smart. Don’t let panic and fear take away the best of your aid. Sprinkle some water and if the person is conscious, look out for other injuries. Ask him if he’s okay and aid him in getting up slowly.
Burns and Wounds:
When the evil side of throttling engines strike, the pain and the wound, both are extreme. While the burn can be moderate to extreme, the care and steps taken by you 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, else it will get worse. When the wounds are big, rush for the ambulance or to a nearby hospital. Make sure that 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 the medical supervision if needed. Dense clothing like leather and synthetic jackets can be cut by a knife, 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 a huge blood loss, call the ambulance immediately. Until the ambulance makes its way, try to comfort the person and don’t 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 to this, it’s always suggested to know your path well. If you’re an amateur rider and love to explore new places, keep some basic first aid handy. Take care of your safety and wear clothing that doesn’t aggravate your injuries. Before “first aid”, aid yourself with knowledge.