In most cases, the siren of emergency vehicles should not cause panic to drivers, but in some situations, this happens, especially when the driver does not identify where the whistle is from.
In some cases, the siren of emergency vehicles causes panic to drivers
At that time, all the safe driving rules are gone, there is only chaos left and there may even be a ticket waiting for you due to breaking the driving law. To avoid an unexpected situation, here are some tips for car users to drive safely around emergency vehicles.
1. Do not panic
Panic is the worst reaction of a driver when an emergency vehicle is approaching. Keep calm and bear in mind the usual rules of driving. By doing that, the driver can calculate and come up with a safe driving plan, avoiding danger to drivers of other vehicles.
And remember that drivers of ambulances, police cars and fire trucks are all well-trained, so they know what they need to do and choose the safest and most time-saving way.
Panic is the worst reaction of a driver when an emergency vehicle is approaching
2. Do not get a ticket
Red-blue flashing lights can make a driver immediately want to pull over to the side, but keep in mind that you are still on the road and there are rules that you need to follow.
Do not jump into the lane of the bus. If you have already switched to the bus lane, stop the car to be able to appeal if you get a ticket. However, it is best to avoid the bus lane from the beginning and find another safe and legal way to pull over.
If you have already switched to the bus lane, stop the car to be able to appeal if you get a ticket
The same holds true with the red light. Beating the red lights to give way to the emergency vehicles will still cause the driver to be fined, as usual; so follow the traffic rules regardless of whether the vehicle is granted priority.
3. Make no sudden action
Immediately applying the brake when you see a flashlight can cause an accident; therefore, think ahead before doing similar actions. A sudden turn will be very dangerous for everyone. Acting without warning will cause drivers behind to be passive and unable to respond.
According to the driving experience, when you meet emergency vehicles, the basic thing to do is to act as usual. Do not go up the sidewalk, do not deviate from the lane or park in the place difficult to see. Switch on the turn signals to indicate the next action and do not drive carelessly. Ensure compliance with traffic laws and remember to behave courteously with emergency vehicles and other traffic participants. The most important thing is to stay calm and think about how to give way in a safe manner.
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