73% of motorcyclists are first aiders, survey finds

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Published on 22 November 2018 by Charlie Bliss

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

A new survey shows that motorcyclists are making a concerted effort to ensure they are properly trained to respond in an emergency.

Following a survey of over 3,000 riders, 73% of respondents said they had undertaken first aid training to ensure that they could respond in the event of an emergency. Four out of five of those surveyed said they felt confident in their abilities if they were required to respond at the scene of a traffic collision.

Recent data reveals that 16 riders are seriously injured or killed every day on UK roads, with motorcyclist fatalities rising by 9% in 2017.

BMF corporate member Devitt Insurance recently released the Rider First Aid Toolkit in collaboration with British Red Cross and Brake to help educate riders on first aid. This comes in the form of posters offering vital advice and instructions on what to do when arriving at the scene of a motorcycle crash.

Head of Marketing at Devitt Insurance Services Tom Warsop said: “We know motorcyclists are a high-risk group and crashes and injuries affect such a huge number of British riders. Our survey shows how seriously motorcyclists take injury prevention and we hope these posters will give riders, and other road users, the confidence to help a motorcyclist when they need it most. We all use roads, but none of us knows when we may just need that life-saving skill of administering first aid.”

The toolkit and the results of the analysis were released in conjunction with this year’s Road Safety Week (November 19-25), a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers posed to those on two wheels.

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