Modern cars are now much more reliable than ever before. However, failures can happen and emergencies can crop up. To get through an emergency situation, there are two items you should have in your car. These are the first aid kit and life saver. None of them is expensive and they don’t take up much room in a car.
First aid kit
Accidents can range from minor bruises outside the car to major cuts and burns as the result of a crash. Most of the times the first aid kit will be used for an accident that involves serious injury. You however, need to be prepared for a worst case scenario like when the emergency services are either delayed or unavailable. Some of the items you may have to include in your car’s first aid kit are listed below. Note that this list is not intended to be all inclusive.
- A durable case – preferably with compartments for storage and ease of access.
- A good first aid reference manual – as a reminder of practices and protocols.
- Latex gloves – at least two pairs.
- Large absorbent dressings – to stop or control bleeding.
- Sterile gauze pads, various sizes – to stop bleeding and dress wounds.
- Roll bandages, various sizes – to dress wounds.
- Self-adhesive bandages, various types and sizes – to dress minor wounds.
- Steri-strips (butterfly bandages) – for closing wounds.
- Adhesive tape – to dress wounds.
- Non-adherent pads, various sizes – for burn wounds.
- Cotton-tipped swabs – for cleaning wounds and applying ointments.
- Scissors – capable of cutting clothing.
- Emergency blanket – for warmth and treatment of shock.
- Antiseptic solution or wipes – to clean wounds.
- Antibiotic ointment – for wound treatment.
- Painkillers – to reduce pain and for patient comfort.
While included with new vehicles by responsible dealerships, either as a stand-alone device or built in to the underside of the boot lid, lifesavers are a mandatory item in all cars in Kenya. They increase your safety and that of other road users, should you be involved in an accident or breakdown. Lifesavers are relatively small but useful devices that can help warn any on-coming traffic approaching from the rear that there is an accident or incident ahead. Made from a variety of materials and measuring around 35cm each side, lifesavers are placed on the road and feature reflectorised panels that are visible to approaching traffic. Many models fold up, come with their own carry-case, and they don’t take up too much room.
For more information about Kenya Motor Repairers Association visit http://www.kemra.co.ke/