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We love having intimate conversations about the design and history of legendary models, savoring technical details and admiring the nuances of handling. But today there is a different topic – preparedness for emergencies and emergencies. According to personal observations, for some people it is taboo. Apparently, the subconscious forbids thinking about what is scary or at least unpleasant. But let’s be realistic. If something doesn’t go according to plan on the road (and not only), it is highly advisable to have the necessary equipment with you, and for different scenarios. I will tell you in detail about the contents of the interior and trunk of my old Volvo. I hope the information is useful.

This configuration is not my personal know-how. I only follow the instructions of rescuers and monsters in the field of survival. First of all, I will heed the advice of expert Ed Khalilov. Anticipating a reasonable question from ordinary users, why do I need various outlandish and incomprehensible objects, I will clarify. Most of us live in megalopolises and relatively large cities with police, ambulance and other emergency services nearby. Civilization and developed infrastructure, of course, give rise to a pleasant feeling of absolute security. But, nevertheless, sometimes the world turns upside down, seconds count, and ordinary civilians have to play the role of rescuers. And in general, you should understand that these are not very calm times.

Let me start with my personal “everyday” set. He is always with me, regardless of whether I’m driving or not. It is indirectly related to the car, but is worthy of mention in the context of a conversation about safety culture. The first is an LED flashlight recharged from an external source with different operating modes, in fact, eyes in the unexpected darkness. Why such difficulties, because modern smartphones have bright backlighting? You see, I’m not a fan of taking a minicomputer with mobile communication function out of your pocket for any reason. This is quite a fragile and important thing, considering how much personal information it contains. It’s easy to drop, damage and break it. A glass breaker and a sling cutter are attached to the top of the flashlight. As their names suggest, these devices allow you to break out a window in the event of a traffic accident or cut a jammed seat belt.

Lantern with glass breaker
Ansna

Tourist whistle – I can already hear suppressed laughter! – will come to the rescue if you are lost in the forest, you need to attract the attention of rescuers in the event of a building collapse and in other emergency circumstances. Of course, you can scream, but your vocal cords will give up pretty quickly – believe me, once a regular at metal band concerts. And I always have my friend with me, the multitool, a compact universal tool with different functions, including pliers and a knife. Plus a charged power bank and cord.

The whistle is small but loud!
Asatur Bisembin

Recently, a small bag with a first aid kit has been hanging on my belt. She doesn’t burden me, and I’m already used to the puzzled looks. Inside are medical gloves, a bandage, hemostatic wipes, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, antiseptic, painkillers, a tactical tourniquet and a rescue blanket. We’ll talk about the last two points in detail later. In the meantime, welcome to the salon!

Pine Survey

The driver’s door pocket contains wet wipes and another LED flashlight powered by AA batteries. If possible, I try to duplicate some elements of equipment. The center armrest always contains a glass breaker with an integrated sling cutter. This time it’s not an add-on to the flashlight, but a special emergency device. When you press the button, the core shoots out and breaks the car window.

The pockets on the back of the front seatbacks contain reflective vests. This is not a whim or a tribute to fashion. Do not forget that in the dark, a person in ordinary clothes may be poorly visible to other drivers, even if he is near a car with a body and reflective elements that glare in the headlights. Fireproof fabric PP-600 measuring 1.5×2 meters in unfolded form is stored next to the vests. The designation indicates a temperature limit of use up to 600 degrees. There are also variants PP-300 and PP-1000. The cloth is thrown over the source of the fire in the initial stage and blocks the access of oxygen to the fire. It will come in handy if the engine compartment or, for example, someone’s clothes are on fire.

Alexey Kudenko / RIA Novosti

Now the most interesting part is the trunk. I preferred two OP-4 (4-kilogram powder) to a regular fire extinguisher weighing about 2 kg. The scale of fires varies, so bulky “firefighters” inspire much more confidence. For those who doubt the advisability of purchasing: compare the cost of a pair of OP-4 and your car. The containers are secured in the front part of the trunk and are always within easy reach. If the cargo hold is full of stuff and fire extinguishers are lying around somewhere in the back, then they probably won’t be of much use.

A small folding saw is optional, but recommended. For example, if you have to clear the road from trees fallen by a hurricane or while relaxing in nature. Much less obvious will probably seem…thick fireproof welder’s leggings. The thing is useful and inexpensive, and its scope of application ranges from harmless work with a shovel in winter to situations where life forces you to come into contact with a flame.

Mossy Oak

There are three warning triangles. No, I don’t collect them. Typically, “triangles” do not shine with quality; they are easily blown away by the wind from passing cars, so it is better to place several on the road at once. By the way, this is what American truck drivers do. The kit also includes a seven-ton towing cable 5 meters long.

A special story is the first aid kit. The one sold in car stores takes up about half of my “medical box”. The second part contains brilliant green, hydrogen peroxide, chlorhexidine, hemostatic wipes, reinforced tape, scissors. And a real must-have are rescue (also known as isothermal or emergency) blankets. Affordable, very compact and lightweight when folded, it is a functional foil film with dimensions of 160×210 cm. Its key feature is the ability to temporarily reflect and retain human heat, as well as protect from precipitation.

Some rescue blankets are silver on both sides
Ezotour The rescue blanket is very compact when folded
Ezotour

If you need to wrap a bleeding victim (in this case, the person risks quickly “cooling down”) or help someone who is freezing, then the golden side of the blanket will be on the outside, and the silver one on the inside, towards the body. A person with an injury should not be touched, but it is incredibly hot outside and he could suffer from heatstroke? Then we expose the silvery part to the rays. In fact, this wonderful product has a fairly wide range of applications, including collecting water with its help. Although this is already from the field of tourism and survival in the wild.

The most important components of the first aid kit are hemostatic tourniquets for working with the upper and lower extremities. In addition to the usual rubber one, 75 cm long, I have a tactical tourniquet with a completely different design. Among its features is a crank mechanism that stops bleeding. The tourniquet is applied quickly and not at all difficult, even with one hand. I almost forgot, there are several bottles of clean drinking water in the trunk.

This is what a tactical tourniquet looks like. The white label indicates the time of application to the injured limb. The red marker is needed to quickly find the end of the belt
Asatur Bisembin

Too much? But no, there is always room to grow! There are plans to supplement the first aid kit with a dressing package and special anti-burn hydrogel dressings.

I suppose after reading this my head went spinning, and my imagination pictured a lifted Toyota Land Cruiser 76 for the post-apocalypse. I repeat, we are talking about an ordinary passenger car. In addition, all this stuff doesn’t take up much space. Acquired gradually and whenever possible.

“Dude, what a maniac you are, a reinsurance man! Have there ever been situations in your practice when at least half of the equipment was used?” – a carefree and serene citizen will ask, preferring not to bother himself with all sorts of “horror stories” once again. My personal opinion, which does not claim to be true, is this: if something listed above can be useful to me or others at least once in my life, I would prefer to wear and carry it with me. As they say, we hope for the best, but prepare for anything. Rescuers and survival experts will not give bad advice. /m

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