5 Road Trip Safety Essentials: Tips to Keep You Safe in 2020

Stay Safe on Your Summer Vacation Road Trip With These 5 Safety Tips and Suggestions

It may not seem like it, but summer is around the corner and as people are flying less and driving more, we don’t want anything to get in the way of your road trip. Stay safe — and healthy — with these road trip safety tips and essential supplies.

Whether you’re heading to a remote beach or a secluded park, we want to make sure that you’re traveling safely — and with the right equipment and supplies. 

Quick Tips to Stay Safe on Your Summer Road Trip

1. Have Your Car Inspected

Nothing puts the brakes on a road trip like a roadside breakdown, or even worse, an accident. AAA reported rescuing a record number of stranded motorists during the summer, citing battery and tire failures as major culprits. So before you head out for your summer road trip, we recommend having your car inspected, and if necessary, serviced! 

2. Prepare a Road Trip Breakdown Emergency Kit
Always be prepared. Stow an emergency breakdown kit in your vehicle that includes:

  • An operational spare tire and jack
  • Jumper cables
  • Water
  • Blankets
  • Snacks
  • Flashlight
  • Flares
  • Solar phone charger

Before you head for the hills, make sure you know how to change a tire and jump a dead battery!

3. Prepare a Road Trip Medical Emergency Kit

We also recommend that every motorist stock their vehicle with emergency medical supplies including: 

Bleeding control kits are especially important for motorists as accidents can cause traumatic bleeding. Find out the difference between a bleeding control kit and a first aid kit here.

We wrote about who should have an AED for home use earlier this year, but that applies your car as well!

4. Plan Your Drive

Save yourself the frustration, time, and lost miles and plan your route before you take off. Then write it down. Google Maps and Waze are great, but we recommend jotting down your route (and alternate route) just in case you find yourself in a cellular dead zone! 

5. Stay Rested, Be Alert: Take a Pit Stop

As romantic (or exciting) as a road trip can be, they can also be stressful and tiring! If you become fatigued, your reaction times are significantly slowed. Be sure to take frequent stops to rest your eyes, stretch your legs, and relax your shoulders. Grab a water or a caffeinated beverage to ensure you’ll make frequent safety stops!

Visit AED.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 to find the perfect AED, bleeding control, or first aid kit for your car. We also welcome your emails; you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com. Happy road tripping!

DISCLAIMER: Information found on the cardiopartners.com and aed.com websites/blogs is intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition. 

Is it Time To Upgrade Your AED?

How old is your AED and is it time to replace your AED?

AED technology is constantly evolving. Is it time to upgrade your AED? Not only are manufacturers adding more and more functionality to AEDs all the time, but if your AED is too old, state laws or local regulations may prevent manufacturers from supporting your aging device.

We’ll make it even easier for you to decide if it’s time to upgrade your AED with the Cardio Partners rule of thumb: if it’s more than 10 years old, it’s time to update your AED!

To find out how old you AED is, take a look at the back of your device. Most AEDs will have the date and year of manufacture stamped on the back of the casing. 

How easy was that!?

What happens when your AED is no longer supported by the manufacturer?

When an AED is no longer supported by its manufacturer, it means that it may not be rescue-ready when you need it. It also means that the pads, connections, and batteries probably won’t be produced. And you can forget about software updates for your device!

What popular AEDs are no longer supported by manufacturers?

If you own a Philips FR1 or FR2 or Physio-Control LifePak 500, it’s time to upgrade. These devices are no longer supported by Philips or Physio-Control. 

We should also note that Physio-Control’s LifePak CR+ and the LifePak Express are no longer being manufactured. This also means that after a few years, these AEDs will no longer be supported by Physio-Control, so you can start planning for your next AED now!

How has AED technology changed?

AED technology is changing all the time. And it’s changing for the better! AEDs are easier than ever to use — which makes them even more effective at saving lives.

Many new AEDs feature dual-language modes, great visual prompts, and wifi-compatibility. The LifePak 1000, for example, features a large LCD screen that displays critical information and CPR prompts. The screen is so big and clear that it’s even easy to see even in direct sunlight! The Defibtech Lifeline View AED also features dual-language capabilities and full-color video to assist rescuers as they perform CPR. And the tiny but mighty HeartSine Samaritan PAD 360 AED (it’s the smallest and lightest AED on the market) features wi-fi capability.

If your AED is more than 10 years old, it’s time to contact us

Our manufacturer-trained biomedical technicians can test your unit for functionality and make repairs as necessary. However, if your unit is no longer supported by its manufacturer, it’s time to purchase a new AED. You may even be eligible for our trade-in program! 

Visit AED.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362 to find the perfect new or recertified AED for your home, office, or organization. We also welcome your emails; you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com

DISCLAIMER: Information found on the cardiopartners.com and aed.com websites/blogs is intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition. 

Welcome to CPR & AED Awareness Week 2020!

What Can You Do to Celebrate CPR and AED Awareness Week?

Here at Cardio Partners and aed.com, we love to celebrate CPR and AED Awareness Week! So we came up with a few ways you can make the most of our favorite awareness week. We hope you’ll join us in saving lives.

Here are a few statistics that reinforce why learning CPR and how to use an AED is so important:

  • Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) kills more Americans than lung cancer, breast cancer, and HIV/AIDS combined (AHA).
  • Among middle-aged adults treated for SCA, 50% had no symptoms before the onset of arrest (NCBI).
  • 475,000 Americans die from a cardiac arrest every year (AHA).
  • 17.5 million people across the globe die from cardiovascular disease each year (AHA).
  • 10,000 SCAs occur in the workplace each year (OSHA).
  • More than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests — that’s 68.5% — occur at home (SCAF).
  • 45% of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest victims survive when bystander CPR is administered (AHA).

Three great ways to observe CPR and AED Awareness Week

  • Get your CPR, AED, and First Aid Certifications.
  • Purchase an AED for your home.
  • Encourage your favorite local organizations to implement an AED program.

Get Your CPR, AED and First Aid Certifications

As one of the biggest licensed training providers for both the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, we’re dedicated to offering the highest quality classes and services. 

If you don’t have your first aid, CPR, and AED certifications, commit to registering yourself and your loved ones for a course this week!

Find an American Red Cross Class Near You!

Find an American Heart Association Class Near You!

If you’re a business owner, director of a nonprofit, school principal, daycare provider, or community organizer, contact us to find the right CPR, First Aid, and AED course for your organization.

Purchase an AED for Your Home

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death in this country and most cardiac arrests occur at home (American Heart Association). For more information on purchasing an AED for your home, check out our post, Who Should Have an AED at Home

Encourage your favorite local organizations to implement an AED program

It should come as no surprise that here at Cardio Partners, we think every organization, school, community, and workplace needs quick and easy access to public AEDs. Help us help your community by encouraging your favorite local hangouts to invest in an AED.

Not only do we offer affordably-priced new AEDs and recertified AEDs, but we also published a free guide to help organizations secure funding for an AED

Looking for some more ways to celebrate CPR and AED Awareness Week? We’re full of ideas! Visit AED.com or call Cardio Partners at 866-349-4362. We also welcome your emails; you can reach us at customerservice@cardiopartners.com.

DISCLAIMER: Information found on the cardiopartners.com and aed.com websites/blogs is intended to educate, inform, and motivate readers to make their health and wellness decisions after consulting with their healthcare provider. The authors are not healthcare providers. NO information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any disease or condition.