SUNDAY, July 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For many people, a long
holiday weekend means a chance for a long motorcycle ride. But, do
you know all you need to know about motorcycle safety?
"The feeling you get while riding is indescribable; however, it
can change in the blink of an eye," riding enthusiast and
registered nurse, Carol Bullard, cautioned in a Wake Forest Baptist
Medical Center news release.
Bullard, who also teaches a motorcycle safety class, offers
these tips for motorcycle riders: Run through "what if" scenarios before you ride. What if a
vehicle is at an intersection blocking your path? What if a dog
runs out in front of your motorcycle? What will you do?Wear a helmet. Check its fit and make sure it meets proper U.S.
Department of Transportation standards.Wear protective clothing. Long pants and sleeves can minimize
road rash from accidents, especially if they're armored, made out
of leather, or both. And they can protect against sunburn.
Closed-toed, over-the-ankle shoes or boots can prevent injuries to
feet and ankles, and reflective clothing can help drivers to see
you.Be cautious about road and weather conditions. Be especially
careful when you encounter gravel or slick roads. Carry rain gear
at all times.Communicate. Let someone know your route and plans before you
ride, and keep members of a group ride informed about any medical
conditions you may have. That allows other members in the group to
alert emergency responders about any special issues in case of an
accident.Take a safety course. These courses may be offered in your area
by community colleges, motorcycle dealers or law enforcement
For more about motorcycle safety, visit the
U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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