Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Red Cross Issues Advice For Young Drivers At The Scene Of An Accident

The British Red Cross has recently released first-aid advice for young drivers, following a recent announcement by the Government that they are considering a number of measures to improve road safety, including the introduction of curfews and increasing the age they can get a licence to 18.

The Red Cross have suggested that whilst the proposals put forward by the Government could help to prevent accidents, young drivers are still advised to undertake first-aid training should a road accident occur.

The Red Cross have also released some sound advice for young drivers to follow if they find encounter an accident on the road, these include:

  1. If you come across an accident and are in a car, park-up somewhere safe and switch the engine off. Stay calm and assess the situation - looking out for dangers such as leaking fuel, broken glass and traffic.

  2. If more than one person is injured then it's advisable to check on the quiet one first as they may be unconscious and require immediate attention. It is also recommended that you do not move any casualties as you could exacerbate or cause further injuries.

  3. If an injured person is bleeding then it's recommended to put pressure on the wound with a clean cloth if available - i.e. a torn shirt, rag, towel, etc. Keep pressure on the wound until help arrives.

  4. Call 999 or ask someone else to do it.

All sound pieces of advice for any young driver in this kind of situation, however, there are a few more common sense tips that iKube have come up with, including:

  1. Make sure you've alerted others to the accident - by using the hazard lights and forward facing lights in your car. In addition it makes sense to place a warning triangle on the road if you have one.

  2. Whether you or someone else calls the emergency services you should make sure that you give them enough information about the accident, including:

  3.  - Your telephone number
     - The location of the accident - a map reference, landmarks or Sat-Nav co-ordinates will do
     - Describe what has happened - e.g. a van has rear-ended a car and caused the car to vear off-road

The most important message we at iKube can give you as a young driver is: Stay safe on the road and don't put yourself in dangerous situations if you can avoid them. Source: http://blogs.redcross.org.uk/first-aid/2013/10/first-aid-tips-for-young-drivers/