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What to do when Emergency Vehicles

What to do when Emergency Vehicles

What to do when Emergency Vehicles Approach

 Emergency Vehicles Approach

How to help Emergency Vehicles, If you had an emergency or a loved one was in peril you would want the emergency services to reach them as quickly as possible. In an emergency situation minutes can seem like an eternity to those waiting for help. Everyday police, fire, rescue and ambulance vehicles respond to urgent calls. Precious time lost getting there could mean the difference between life-and-death.
The biggest problem for emergency vehicles in reaching the scene of an emergency is motorists who panic at the sound or sight of the Blues and Two’s (sirens and two-tone horns). Some drivers stop in the wrong place and others don’t give way at all, especially during rush hour.
By following a few simple rules, you can help the emergency services get to the scene faster and safer:

Keep your cool – if you see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching, aid concentration by turning off your music, and take a few seconds to plan your next move. Acting in a state of panic could be dangerous and delay the emergency vehicle more.

Stop – look for somewhere to pull over and stop if it’s safe to do so, even if the emergency vehicle is on the other side of the road. Indicators can be used to show that you have acknowledged the approaching blue lights and intend to move, but avoid usage if it could confuse other road users.

Stay safe – avoid pulling onto kerbs, pavements and verges – verges can mask numerous hazards and mounting the pavement can put pedestrians at risk.

Abide by the law – If you go through a red to make way for an emergency vehicle, unless directed to do so by a police officer, you are breaking the law and could be fined, irrespective of your good intentions.

Stay alert – be aware that there may be more than one emergency vehicle on the approach. Listen for more than one siren, look all around before moving off, and bear in mind that you may need to move over again.
Elstow said: “Loud sirens and flashing blue lights cause many motorists to panic, mainly because drivers are not routinely taught how to respond to them. Emergency vehicle drivers want you to help them reach the emergency at hand as quickly as possible. Behave calmly, legally, safely and predictably and move out of the way as soon as it is safe to do so to facilitate their route.”

 

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