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ASM Training Helps Crash Victims

Not every crash that happens is life threatening. Regardless, the situation could have been worse if trained bystanders were not present to help. This story was sent in by Bill & Vicky Barr from Missouri.

Janey's RideAfter this happy picture was taken of participants in the 20th Janey's Ride in Liberty, MO, a motorcycle crash happened. Fortunately, Bill and Vicky Barr, ASM Instructors and members of Road Guardians, were immediately at the scene to administer first aid.

After coming upon the accident, we were able to apply PACT. We were able to PREVENT more injuries by requesting other bikers to go up beyond a dangerous curve to direct traffic and asked other bikers who were hanging around to continue on to the next rest stop in order to have less congestion at the scene.

We quickly ASSESSed the situation and realized that the husband wasn't injured but his wife, who was a passenger, received mostly visible road rash and possible wrist and arm fractures.

While one bystander kept yelling that we needed to CONTACT EMS, we assured everyone that there were no life threatening injuries and did not have to call EMS.

We TREATed the injured passenger by cleaning the wounds, applying the dressing and wrapping her arm and encouraged the victim to get her hand and arm checked for possible fractures.

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Keeping Bikers Cool!

Extreme Summer Temperatures are Dangerous for Motorcyclists.

Riders of motorcycles know all too well how hot it gets riding in the summer months. When it's 85 outside, it feels like 105 on the bike with the engine idling, the sun beating down and the pavement below heating up. In addition, motorcycle riders have more clothing on than the average traveler in summer which adds to the heat that the rider experiences. Because of these factors, it is imperative that the rider pay attention to the warning signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Drinking waterSome signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration are:
Dry mouth                                           Extreme thirst
Dizziness                                             Fainting
Fatigue                                                 Headache
Lack or no perspiration                        Muscle or abdominal cramps
Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea              Dark-colored urine

Motorcyclists can avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration with a few simple tips.

· Wear ventilated motorcycle clothing like jackets with a flow-through mesh. Leathers may be more protective for a road slide, but it impairs your ability to lose heat.

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Buddy Belts for Motorcycle Passengers

Riding Belts (Otherwise known as “Buddy Belts” are growing in popularity. It might be due to the fact that younger children can not nag on tight to their parent’s waist or it might be to position the rider so that they are aerodynamically positioned to assist the driver of the motorcycle as they negotiate curves. Click on this link to see a You Tube video:

Riders wearing Buddy BeltsNow I’ll be honest, when I first heard about this idea I thought NO WAY!!!! It reminded me of putting a saddle on a horse and I wondered if I’d be able to get the belt tight enough so I wouldn’t be pulled off the bike or jarred out of my position. I wondered about the comfort of wearing a belt that would have to be tight enough for a person to hang on to. I asked my husband what he thought and his initial response was the same, NO WAY!!!!!

Then I thought about my kids when they were little and riding behind me trying to hold on to my waist. It might have been nice for them to have “handles” that they could grab and hold on to. When I actually saw a sample of the riding belt it was more sturdy and wide than I had expected. It comes in many sizes too so the fit should work for anyone. As I researched the topic I could see that the belts have evolved over time with both positive and negative reviews. The belts seem to be evolving with use.

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Road Guardian River Road Fundraiser

Group at River Road FundraiserRoad Guardian membership supports our missiThank you everyone that came out for the successful Road Guardians River Road Fundraiser. Save the date July 20-22, 2018 McGregor, IA

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