- Car Safety & Safe Driving
First Aid Essentials
First Aid Essentials For Your Car,
IT IS MID JANUARY. YOU ARE ON A COUNTRY ROAD IN A 15 MILE TRAFFIC JAM DUE TO AN ACCIDENT. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO GO SO YOU HAVE JUST GOT TO SIT IT OUT FOR HOURS. THE SNOW IS THICK ON THE GROUND AND YOU ARE FREEZING COLD. WHAT ARE YOUR FIRST THOUGHTS?
1. What am I going to do when I have a bladder ready to burst?
2. How am I going to keep warm?
Well here is how to be prepared. Keep a space blanket in the boot/trunk. A foil protective blanket is just as good. They look like tin foil but are made to keep the heat in and prevent hypothermia (a particular worry if you have an elderly person or young child with you.) They are inexpensive and available from Amazon.
If you are male, keep a urinal in the car. They are easily available from any online mobility site. You can even get them with stoppers now to prevent spillage.
If you are female, true it isn't quite so easy but all is not lost. You know what a bedpan looks like? Well there is something callled a slipper bedpan which is flat at one end and easy to slip in whilst you are sitting in the car. These too are available on mobility sites under car accessories usually.
So that's the winter hold up taken care of. Now to general first aid accessories.
Kool Packs. They too are available at Amazon. They are sachets of what sound like crystals. Squeeze or thump the centre of the bag and you have an instant ice pack which will stay icy cold for 20 minutes.
Handy for a muscle or sprain injury. Very helpful again in heavy traffic jam this time in the unbearable summer heat. They again are inexpensive so you could keep a few to hand.Pop one on top of your head or on the back of your neck., it will take away that sickly feeling you tend to get when you are over heated.
If you know what you are doing, the emergency equipment you could keep in your car is endless (you should see mine!!!) However all you need generally in plasters, bandages, scissors, antiseptic or alcohol wipes, strong torch and a seatbelt cutter to free yourself in an emergency.
I hope this has helped you to try to think outside the box.