Bikesure, the freethinking motorcycle insurance specialist, promotes safe biking and has compiled some information on first aid kits specifically designed for motorcyclists. It is advisable to carry a first aid kit on your bike at all times in case of emergency, however in some countries it is a legal requirement. If you are not going to carry a first aid kit all the time, make sure you check the legal requirements of the country of travel before going abroad.
It’s important to get a first aid kit that is lightweight, compact and can be easily stored on the motorcycle. It is also important to think of the types of common injuries that bikers can face and choose a first aid kit that would meet these requirements. For example, burns are common motorcycle injuries, either from the road surface or from the bike itself. Other frequent bike injuries include things like debris in the eyes, cuts, scrapes and abrasions, and bone fractures. This handy guide from www.firstaidanywhere.com provides an idea of what is important to have in a motorcycle first aid kit.
There are also a number of motorcycle first aid kits available to purchase. Here are some of those:
- This first aid kit from the St John Ambulance is small enough to carry on your bike, but still includes lots of important first aid gear, including
a hi-vis vest, burn shield and a booklet of first aid advice.
- Specifically designed to fit under your seat, the Oxford Motorcycle first aid kit is a good starter kit, which includes a sterile burn dressing and a first aid booklet.
- This lightweight Cartrend motorbike first aid kit includes lots of the usual first aid kit items, all sealed in a handy bag.
Most of these kits also include a leaflet offering first aid advice. If you are interested in first aid for bikers, there are a number of first aid training courses available including The First Bike on Scene and a course run by St John Ambulance.
The First Bike on Scene is a one day course. It provides the knowledge and skills to be able to administer first aid in a road traffic incident and to manage the scene until the emergency services arrive. The course involves learning about trauma and the mechanism of injury, understanding how to protect the scene, basic life support, learning procedures for spinal management and how to safely remove a crash helmet. On successful completion of the course, a Certificate of Competency will be awarded. The certificate is valid for two years and is approved and issued by The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
The St John Ambulance course covers similar topics to the course above, including CPR, basic life support and safe crash helmet removal. It is designed to not only provide the skills and knowledge of what to do in the event of an accident, but also to provide the confidence in implementing them. The course takes 4.5 hours. On successful completion of the course a St John Ambulance certificate, valid for three years, is issued.