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.

 Always check for dangerRoad traffic accident

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.

Final tips…

  • 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


John Furst

JOHN FURST is an experienced emergency medical technician and qualified first aid and CPR instructor. John is passionate about first aid and believes everyone should have the skills and confidence to take action in an emergency situation.

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