Driving Lessons Oldham, Rochdale, Middleton and North Manchester
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What to do in a road accident. Thanks to the British Red Cross for the information

         1. Stop! You can help 

         Knowing just a few basics could help keep someone alive until an ambulance arrives.

         2. Stay safe and keep calm

         Assess the situation: what are the dangers? (These might include approaching traffic, leaking petrol, broken glass            etc).

  • Make sure you stay safe: keep off the road. If you need to stop approaching cars, signal to them from the pavement.
  • If you are in a car and you come across an accident, first park safely and turn off the engine before you get out to help. Use a hazard triangle if necessary.
  • Get help from bystander

    3. Check airway


    • If it is safe to approach the injured person, do so, but don’t move them.Learn how to open an airway
    • Check for a response – talk to them and tap them gently.
    • If there’s no response, shout for help. 
    A woman gives rescue breaths to a man after an accident

    Check the casualty's airway: put your hand on their forehead and gently tilt their head back.
  • Gently lift their chin with two fingers.
  • Check if they’re breathing by listening and feeling for breath on your cheek. See if their chest is moving up and down.
  • If they’re not breathing normally, you will need to start cardio pulmonary resuscitation. Learn how to resuscitate

    4. Stop bleeding


    • Severe bleeding can cause shock so it’s important to stop the blood if you can. Learn how to deal with bleeding
    • Use a piece of clean cloth and press on the wound, raising the wound as you do so. Use a dressing if you have one.
    boy bandaging Konnie Huq's arm

  • If the person is in the car and you can treat them there, do so. Do not move them unnecessarily.
  • If they go into shock, loosen tight clothing and keep them warm. Lie them down and raise their legs.

    5. Call 999


    Do this as soon as you can or get someone else to do it while you deal with an injured person.You will need to tell the emergency services:


    • where you are
    • what has happened (describe the accident)
    • how many people are injured
    • whether they are breathing or bleeding.
    boy using mobile

    The operator will talk you through what to do while you wait for an ambulance to arrive.

    All this information has come from the British Red Cross Website at http://www.redcross.org.uk/standard.asp?id=48906

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