Today cycling and motorcycling are not just hobbies anymore. You can see them every day in streets and alleys used by people as modes of transportation going to and from work. If you are one of these people, you may be at risk of getting the most common injury for cyclists and motorcyclists – road rash injuries.

A road rash injury is an abrasion caused by the skin's friction with the road in bicycle and motorcycle accidents. Because your skin is literally peeled off from you, all you can say is "Ouch!", and "That hurts!" Unless you get proper treatment, the pain will not go away easily. That is why you should be careful whenever you are on your bike or motorcycle to avoid suffering from road rash injuries. Below are some safety measures:

  • Wear protective gear. This may be the best protection from road rash injuries. Leather jackets and helmets are the best equipment to protect your upper body while boots and jeans would protect your legs and feet.

  • Stay away from slippery roads. Remember that not all slippery roads are wet. Some roads have small debris and pebbles that decrease the efficiency of bicycle and motorcycle wheels.

  • Reduce your speed. You have seen this coming, haven't you? Obviously, controlling your bike or motorbike is more difficult if you are traveling at a high speed.

  • Do not make sharp and quick turns. An important element in riding two-wheeled transporters is balance. Once you lose that essential element, you may fall over, or even tumble down a downhill street.

Avoiding accidents is something no one has perfected throughout the history of mankind. The following are some steps on how you can treat road rash injuries just in case you still crash your bike or motorbike and you sustain skin abrasions:

  • Identify the severity of the wound. There are different degrees of road rash injury.

Ø First degree – The skin surface is just reddened. No immediate treatment required.

Ø Second degree – The topmost layer of the skin is broken, but the underlying skin is not damaged, enabling faster healing. First aid treatment may be needed.

Ø Third degree – The entire skin of the area is peeled off, exposing tissues and muscles. This type of road rash injury needs immediate medical treatment from a medical specialist.

  • If your injury is a first or second degree road rash, wash the area with water. Doing this would prevent any infections and longer healing period.

  • Cover the wound. You have two options after applying some medication: keep the wound open and "let nature takes its course" or cover it to prevent infection.

Bicycling and motorcycling are two activities that are getting popular these days. However, accident and injury prevention should also be made popular – and it can start with you.