It isn’t a legal requirement in all states to keep a first-aid kit in your vehicle, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that you definitely need one. Most of us know that every home should have a first-aid box ready to deal with emergencies, but what we often end up ignoring is the need to put one in the car as well. If you are not convinced about it yet, take a look at some of the points below.
Car Accidents Are Not That Uncommon
We don’t like to think about it, but vehicular accidents are quite common across the States. Fortunately, most of them are minor to medium grade accidents that do not generally result in loss of life. As anyone can guess, first aid kits are extremely handy things to have nearby in such situations to treat minor cuts, bruises and sprains. Even if someone is grievously injured, having a properly stocked first-aid box in the vehicle could be the difference between life and death till the paramedics get to the site.
You Are More Exposed in a Car Than You Are at Your Home
It’s just common sense really; if you have a first-aid kit at home where you are relatively safer, shouldn’t you have one in your vehicle where you are much more exposed to dangers of the road? In addition to the possibility of road accidents, one may also have to deal with food allergies, acid reflux, diarrhea, headaches, nausea, etc. In case there are children riding with you, the need may become even more dire.
You Could Get Stranded
In case of an accident in the middle of the highway where you don’t have a cellphone signal to call any of the emergency numbers, you will have to wait for a passing car to stop and help you out of the predicament. That could take hours and without a first-aid box to treat injuries, even minor wounds can become infected pretty fast. Once that happens, the situation can go from bad to worse in no time and nobody should ever take the risk of that happening.
What Should You Have in Your Vehicle’s First-Aid Kit?
Now that you know why it is not worth taking the risk of not keeping a first-aid box in the car, the next step is deciding what to have in that box. They are not that much different from home kits, but much smaller for facilitating portability. Check out the list below to know what even the smallest of portable first-aid kits should have.
• Band-Aids and gauze pads
• Adhesive tape
• Antibiotic & antiseptic ointments, Petroleum jelly, pain-relieving ointments and hydrocortisone creams
• Antihistamines, aspirin, aloe vera, ibuprofen and other pain-relievers
• Cotton swabs and balls
• Hand sanitizers
• Saline solution
• Crepe bandages
In a lot of the European nations, it’s punishable by law if you don’t have a well-stocked first-aid kit in the car and that’s because they understand how vital it can be in certain situations. While the law regarding this might not be so strict everywhere in the States yet, the dangers are just as potent as they are anywhere else.
This is a collaborative post.