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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 agencies.
-- Randy Dotinga
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SOURCE: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, news release, May 12, 2014