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The Importance of Car First Aid Kits

It can be hard to predict when a car accident might occur, but when they do happen, it can be a matter of life and death. In 2018 alone, there were 160,597 accident casualties recorded on Britain’s roads and 1,784 of these were fatal.

If an accident happens, you will want to be prepared for potentially life-threatening injuries, which is why car first aid kits are vital. An emergency kit in a car or vehicle can not only prove to be crucial in the event of a serious accident, but also in minor mishaps such as cuts, scrapes and burns. The kit serves as an essential means of giving assistance to an injured person until further medical help arrives.

Do I need a first aid kit in my car?

Whether it is a legal requirement or not to have a first aid kit in your car depends on the type of vehicle you are driving. There are three main types of vehicles you could be driving:

  • company vehicles
  • passenger-carrying vehicles
  • private vehicles

Here are the different legal requirements for each of these vehicles:

Company vehicles

When driving a company car or vehicle, company managers are required to conduct a risk assessment to determine whether a driver is at risk of suffering an injury while working. An example of this would be if someone works alone. Managers should then use the results of the risk assessment to determine the level of first aid equipment that should be carried in a company vehicle. 

For more information on vehicle first aid kits for lone workers, be sure to read our blog post How a Lone Worker First Aid Kit Could Save a Life

Passenger-carrying vehicles

A vehicle first aid kit is a legal requirement for passenger-carrying vehicles, such as buses, as well as public-serving vehicles, such as trams. These types of vehicles, along with taxis, must have a British Standard BS 8599-2 vehicle first aid kit.

Private vehicles

There is no law in the UK that states you must carry a first aid kit in a private vehicle, however, in many European countries like Germany, it is a legal requirement. It is still recommended that private car drivers and self-employed drivers carry a vehicle first aid kit so that any injuries that happen in the car can be treated immediately.

What should a car first aid kit contain?

Major trauma injuries can occur in car accidents that require specialist trauma dressings so that heavy blood loss can be contained. When bleeding from a major artery, death can occur between 20 seconds and 2 minutes and when bleeding from a small artery, with no first aid, death can occur between 2-3 minutes. Our vehicle first aid kit is equipped with these specialist trauma dressings, and is compliant with British Standard guidelines, meaning it contains at least the minimum requirement for a car first aid kit.

Steroplast Healthcare’s Vehicle First Aid Kit contains:

Contents Small Kit Medium Kit Large Kit
Burn dressing 1 2 4
First aid emergency leaflet 1 1 1
Foil blanket - 1 3
Gloves - Nitrile in pairs 1 2 5
Waterproof plasters 5 10 20
Resus device/ face shield 1 1 2
Scissors - Tuff cut 1 1 1
Triangular bandage - 1 2
Wipes - Saline for cleaning 5 10 20
Wound dressing - Adhesive - 1 2
Wound dressing - Trauma (L) - - 1
Wound dressing - Trauma (M) 1 1 2
Wound dressing - First Aid (M) - 1 2


The first aid kit comes in a small green box which can be placed under the seat, or in the boot for when you need it. Our vehicle first aid kits are compliant with BS8599-2:2019 for UK Motorists and are equipped with all the essential items that could possibly save a life!

Is it the law?

To summarise, it is the law to have a first aid kit in company vehicles and in passenger-carrying vehicles. Even though it is not a legal requirement to have a first aid kit in your private car, it is still highly recommended, so that any injuries can be treated there and then.


If you would like more information about our range of first aid kits, request a callback with one of our experts or get in touch using the form below