Some of the team have been revising for their LGV theory test recently where they came across some sections involving first aid and recommendations to do a first aid course. If you follow us on Facebook you may have seen our post.
Anyway, if you think about it, it’s safe to say that a vast amount of the accidental deaths and life changing injuries in the UK - and even the world, but that’s out of our AO for now! - are a result of some kind of RTC. Does this mean cars and other vehicles are one of the biggest public dangers and if so shouldn’t we focus on making sure people behind the wheel know how to react in such situations, it could be potentially life saving. How many of you can put your hand up and say you’d be able react to the ESP principles of first aid? Oh, you don’t know what ESP is? - You see my point...
How about coverage? There’s pretty much a car on all stretches of roads at times where incidents are likely, and that’s not just road incidents. What about the old lady walking to the shops that trips or the runner that collapses without warning? If drivers were first aid trained it could create a network of lay responders able to react and save lives and support our emergency services where response times are a constant concern due to cuts.
I don’t agree with speed cameras, I think they’re to ‘after the fact’, what’s the use of a fine when you’ve just smacked into a barrier at [cough] 70mph? They don’t really amount to much, ‘revenue generation’ springs to mind. Wouldn’t it be far more effective to focus on reducing the effects of incidents i.e. through meaningful first aid and driver awareness courses? People may quite Erasmus and say “Prevention is better than cure” and they’d be right. However, can we honestly say speed cameras are doing enough preventing to justify use of the quote? We drove down the A1 yesterday and we’d have to say no...
Are we suggesting first aid training should be mandated for drivers, no (well maybe for LGV drivers as part of their CPC/driver development) but we’re just suggesting it might be a good idea to have some basic first aid knowledge if worse comes to worst. It could help you with your theory tests to.
As a commitment to our aims to increase lay responders and community resilience, if you’re a driving instructor and can see where we’re coming from, offer you’re students an exclusive 20% discount on our first aid courses, on us. Just send them our way with your name. They’ll also get 10% off a first aid kit if they promise to keep it in their car :)