Read before you ride this festive season

At this day and age of social media, we are sure that you have, at least once come across a post that says “ rider down, do you know this rider?” Its a scary to think that you could be that rider one day, too badly injured from a fall to talk and the people trying to help you find your Identification Card (ID) or any other information can’t do so because it was stolen just moments ago.

Not a very uncommon scenario here unfortunately, hence you still see that kind of posting in your Facebook news feed.

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Basically apart from whats stated on your ID like your name and house address, the next vital information you should have on you is your “In Case of Emergency” information, or ICE contact in short. And a bit of your medical information so the medical personnel who are going to treat you know of any drug allergies, blood type or other medical related things. This emergency information could mean life and death.

We also recommend that your ICE contact to not be your mother or wife just in case the news is very grim and the person who receives the call won’t panic or have a nervous breakdown. The best would be either your brother or a buddy or even your insurance agent. All three is better.

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So how can you carry such information? You can have a piece of laminated card with the information on it tucked away in your pocket, wallet or anywhere else you think can easily be found. But there is the risk of it being taken away by unscrupulous people.

Next is to have it on a key chain or a sticker on your bike or helmet, one of the more easily spotted but could also be overlooked as the bike might remain at the accident scene but you are on your way to the hospital.

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So our pick is to get something that stays with you, something like a medical ID band that you wear on your wrist or dogtags/military tags around your neck. These will stay on you indefinitely without going for the last option, which is a tattoo.

You can easily order it online like at the www.malaysiamilitarytag.com at a very affordable price. So whether you ride alone or in a group, we hope you take the extra mile in preparing these things apart from your usual safety gear.

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