Be Prepared for Emergencies

By Tony | 26th April 2010 | Category: Car and Van Info | Leave a comment

When driving in your car or van are you prepared for the unexpected? If you saw a road accident would you be able to stop and provide assistance?

While we may be members of roadside rescue organizations very few of us are very well prepared to deal with the variety of emergencies that can be encountered while travelling. This was highlighted during the extreme weather conditions that were experienced during the winter.

Many people found themselves caught up in snowdrifts and traffic jams without adequate warm clothing, water or food. Some people even found themselves stuck in their vehicles overnight.

So what can you do in order to be prepared for emergencies? One thing you can do is attend a first aid training course. In the United Kingdom it is estimated that less than one in ten drivers have ever undergone first aid training and very few vehicles carry first aid kits.

You can also ensure that your car carries at least a very basic car safety kit. This should include a first aid kit, a torch and ideally one of those road warning triangles that are compulsory in Europe. It’s also a good idea to include a portable fire-extinguisher.

And when winter comes around again be prepared for the worst. You should put a couple of warm blankets and a shovel in your boot. You may also consider carrying a sack of sand which can be enormously useful on icy roads.

And if you are setting out on a jouney while the weather is bad be sure to let people know where you are going and take along some energy food and drink.

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