As responsible motorcyclists, we owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to be prepared in case of an emergency. If we’re riding in or near an urban area then we can usually count on first responders getting to the scene quickly, plus close proximity to a hospital. But what should you do until help arrives? And what if the accident happens when you’re riding out in a remote area?
Here are a few things to know and keep on hand in case of an emergency:
Satellite Communication Devices
There are several communication devices available that allows two-way text messaging and S.O.S. signals via the global Iridium satellite network. If you frequently ride in remote areas or country roads, this could be a wise investment. Even in urban areas it could take up to 30 minutes or longer for an ambulance to arrive on the scene. In more rural areas, cell phone service can be spotty. Even if you can call for help, how long will it take for an ambulance or helicopter to arrive?
Nobody wants to have to call for help on an adventure. But when you do need a hand—whether it’s because you missed a turn and can’t find your way back or because you took a tumble and got injured—you’d better make sure you have a lifeline.
Emergency Kit & Supplies
While you can’t prepare for everything, carrying an emergency kit is one way of mitigating some of the risks that come with riding a motorcycle. In fact, in the majority of European countries it’s a legal requirement to carry one. Everyone who rides should be prepared with some basics should they ever become injured or stranded, waiting for assistance. Even a standard first aid kit can help with minor bumps and scrapes, eye injuries, burn relief, and more, while you wait for help to arrive.
Personal Medical Information
Smartphones typically have easily accessible medical information and an emergency contact, as well as the ability to dial 911, directly from the home or lock screen. Look up the details for your device and fill in the forms as completely as possible. If you don’t own a smartphone or prefer to have a backup, an Emergency Facts rescue pack is a great alternative.
If you really want to be prepared, take an emergency first aid training course. Typically, Red Cross offers fantastic first aid courses, teaching skills that you can apply to just about any emergency situation. From first aid to CPR to learning how to identify and treat injuries, you could help save a life, possibly your own.