Carrying a safety vest, a warning triangle and a first-aid kit is mandatory on quads and ATVs. The same provisions apply here as for cars. A small motorcycle first aid kit in the slimmed-down version is therefore not enough.
After an accident with injured people, help can be crucial during the first few minutes. The law already obliges every driver to help injured people as far as possible. However, effective help requires that usable bandages are on board. In Germany this is regulated by the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations (StVZO) in Section 35h. The inspectors also pay attention to this during the main vehicle inspection and note a “minor defect” if the set is not available or the best-before date has been exceeded.
The StVZO does not stipulate where in the vehicle the set is to be stored. Neither does the external shape of the packaging, whether it is a solid box or bag. It just has to protect against dust, moisture, fuels and lubricants. On the other hand, DIN 13164 defines the content of the sets. New since the last update of the standard include fingertip bandages, cut-to-size plaster strips and wet wipes for cleaning undamaged skin.
But apart from the standardized content, the first aid kits tested by the GTÜ Society for Technical Monitoring and the Auto Club Europa (ACE) with the technical support of an expert from the German Red Cross (DRK) show clear differences. The round of test candidates consists of ten sets in box and pocket form at prices between five and 25 euros, obtained from retailers or the Internet. If there is more or less agreement in the quality of the dressing material – everything corresponds to an average standard and can be used for emergency supplies – the trend is emerging in terms of tightness: first-aid boxes are better protected from environmental influences and are more stable than bags. But the quality of the locks and hinges also varies among the first-aid kits. The same applies to the coatings and zippers of the sets in pocket form.
The test winner – the box from Pearl – convinces with good sealing thanks to a double edge on the lid, solid closure parts and clearly separated packaging segments: at a glance you can see which sterile dressing material with a best-before date is required to be replaced and which non-sterile components are, Depending on the condition, let it continue to be used. The DRK expert praises the price-performance winner of the test, the set by Kalff, for its inner packaging, which is designed with easy-to-understand symbols and at the same time sits firmly in the outer shell. A less positive figure in this regard is the somewhat confused inner packaging of the Holthaus bag, which is inadequately secured against individual parts falling out. The DRK experts also criticized the clearly warped inner packaging of the “Tecar” first-aid kit, another Holthaus product, which was probably caused by the effects of heat.
Conclusion of the test
First aid kits usually offer a more stable external structure that is more resistant to dust and liquids. First-aid bags are more compact, easier and more flexible to stow away on the quad or ATV. In view of the large price differences between the ten tested first aid kits, it turned out that good value does not have to be poor in quality.
Photos: Augustin / GTÜ; Quad-Company graphic: Kröner / GTÜ