First aid for the UK DSA driving theory test
The UK DSA (Driving Standards Agency) driving theory test contains lots of first aid questions. Knowing the answers to these first aid questions is important if you want the best chance of passing your theory exam.
Here’s some first aid principles to help you revise for your driving theory test. Remember the test will contain first aid questions so brush up on your first aid knowledge beforehand! A great way to do this is by completing our online first aid training course.
In any first aid situation, especially a road traffic accident, you should always check for danger! Common dangers at a traffic incident include:
- Other vehicles
- Fire / explosion risk: leaking petrol
- Broken glass
You are the most important person and your safety always comes first! In some situations it may be too dangerous to stop (for example, on a motorway).
If you do stop at the scene of an accident, you can take some common sense measures to protect yourself and others:
– Switch on your hazard lights and head lights
– Wear reflective clothing if you have any
– Place any warning triangles if you carry them
– Ensure your handbrake is on
Remember DR ABC
Always use ‘DR ABC” to structure your response to an emergency:
Danger: Check for danger!
Response: Try and get a response from the casualty. Do not move them unless absolutely neccessary
Airway: Ensure the airway is open
Breathing: Check to see if they are breathing normally
Chest compressions: If they are not breathing normally, then start chest compressions as part of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation.
You can find out more about DR ABC on our online first aid course.
- Do not move a casualty unless it is absolutely essential (e.g: to place them into the recovery position)
- Try to provide protection from the cold whilst waiting for emergency services
- It is a good idea to carry a small first aid kit and hi-vizability jacket in your car boot at all times