63% of drivers would not be ready to provide first aid if needed

63% of drivers admit that they would not be ready to provide first aid if such a need arose on the road - 9% of them state that they do not remember what they learned about providing assistance, 26% remember this knowledge and skills only partially, but 28% expressed that in order to although they remember what they have learned, they would still not be ready to help, according to the data of the "Carlsberg 0.0 responsible driving index". The study confirms that about a third - 32% - remember first aid skills well and would be ready to use them, while 6% admit that they have given first aid to another road user.

Road traffic accidents are still an actual problem – their total number was 38,403 in 2020, and 42,345 last year. In addition, a large number of accidents also involve victims and fatalities. The data of the Directorate of Road Traffic Safety show that last year there was an injured person in approximately every tenth road traffic accident, but in 2020 even a little more often. The number of those who died in 2020 was 139, but in 2021 it slightly increased (147). In some accidents, the skills and willingness of other drivers to provide first aid can be decisive, because the most tragic accidents often happen outside the city (data from the State Police show that in Latvia in 2020, 51 people died in road traffic accidents outside populated areas) and emergency medical assistance requires longer time to arrive at the scene.

"63% of drivers who are not ready to help is a very high rate. Perhaps some fear that they will hurt the victim when they give help, especially if the first aid training was ten or twenty years ago and many skills have been forgotten. Given the high number of road accidents, every driver should be able to provide first aid, at least the basics, which can sometimes be crucial and, if done in a flash, can help save lives. To improve the situation, we should probably think about requiring drivers to regularly refresh their knowledge and skills in providing first aid," advises Jānis Vanks, director of the Safe Driving School.

"The content of first aid courses is also a very relevant question - do the instructors only tell the minimum so that potential drivers can pass the tests, or do they give meaningful advice that will be useful at the time of an accident under conditions of increased stress. It's the same with driving instructors - there are those who teach how to drive a car, and those who teach how to pass an exam," adds J. Vanks.

Research data show that women expressed their willingness to provide first aid less often than men. 7% of men and 11% of women gave the answer "I don't remember what I learned and I wouldn't be ready / ready to provide first aid", while 35% of men and 28% of women gave the answer "I remember what I learned well and I am ready / ready to provide help".

"Carlsberg 0.0 Responsible Driving Index" is a study of the non-alcoholic beer "Carlsberg 0.0" made in cooperation with the Safe Driving School and Research Center Norstat. 1,000 Latvian residents aged 18 to 74 participated in the study, which was conducted in September 2022. The study was conducted with the aim of promoting responsible driving and understanding of what creates additional risks on the roads and how to prevent them.