Be a Safer Road User these Holidays - Pack a First Aid Kit

Be a Safer Road User these Holidays - Pack a First Aid Kit

17 December 2014

One of the sad realities of the Christmas holiday season is the tragic number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads each year.

According to police road crash statistics, for the period 2011 – 2013 during the months of December and January there were 53 fatalities and 3,419 casualties on South Australian roads.

This year, St John Ambulance SA, in partnership with the Motor Accident Commission (MAC), is urging all motorists to be prepared and pack a first aid kit in their car for their safety and the safety of others.

St John Ambulance SA General Manager, Jehad Ali, says it’s important for everyone to refocus on road safety as thousands of South Australians hit the road during the peak holiday season.

“Having a fully stocked first aid kit in the car could be lifesaving. Although you may only need it once in a lifetime, imagine what it would be like if you couldn’t provide even basic assistance to your loved ones or another motorist in the case of a crash or emergency.

“There is no question that the first person on the scene of a road crash can often make a huge difference before emergency services arrive,” he says.

“Frankly everyone should have a first kit in their car. It’s a very small investment in what could be a life saving situation.”

A key action in South Australia’s Road Safety Strategy, Towards Zero Together, is to help create safer road user through the carriage of first aid kits in cars.

MAC General Manager Road Safety Michael Cornish backs the call for first aid kits in vehicles and says anything that can potentially reduce road trauma in SA should be supported.

“Including a first aid kit in your holiday packing is a worthwhile addition to responsible driving,” says Mr Cornish.

“The festive period is a time when there are more vehicles on the roads, often driving longer distances and driving in regional areas.

“MAC urges road users to be extra vigilant, particularly on country roads. The messages are simple. Stick to the speed limit, wear a seatbelt, take breaks on long drives, and if you plan to drink, don’t take the car."

As a Christmas incentive to purchase a car kit, St John Ambulance SA is now offering a 40% discount off their small and medium first aid kits for a limited time. Must call 1300 360 455 to purchase. Offer valid to 5pm on 23 December 2014. While stocks last.

To view our range of  First Aid Kits click here.