Motoring first aid is required every single day somewhere on our many roads, dual carriageways and motorways. The majority of road accidents are not fatal, but often the victims require medical assistance of some kind. It may simply be basic first aid that is needed, but all too often the people who are first to arrive on the scene of the accident do not know how to administer first aid. Unnecessary suffering or even death can be the result when something as simple as motoring first aid could have helped.
Most cars on the road do not carry any kind of first aid equipment. Motoring first aid kits are readily available though, and do not cost very much. Even if you don’t know how to use the items in the kit, there may be someone who does, and who doesn’t have their own first aid kit. It isn’t compulsory by law for motorists to carry a motoring first aid kit, but it certainly is advisable, especially so when you consider the many possible benefits and the relatively low cost of buying a kit.
Most of us drive, or we have close relatives who drive. It may simply be to work every day, or it may be on longer excursions into the country to get away from it all. Whatever the reason, it is a simple fact that the very act of driving, or being driven, in a car puts you and each passenger at a potential risk. Most of the time most of us make the journey without anything going wrong. However, we cannot always depend on that being so, unfortunately, which is why carrying a motoring first aid kit in your car is so important.
Motoring first aid should only be carried out by someone who has at least been trained in basic first aid. The victims of a car crash should not be moved, if possible. Doing so could cause further serious damage as there may be damage to the spine, for example, and moving a crash victim could exacerbate the injuries already suffered. Read the rest of this entry »