Originally posted over on my Jottings and Writings blog (back before I started FES Tidbits)
OK, so here’s “stupid-stuff not to do” entry #3….
Upon hearing/realization that an emergency vehicle is coming up behind you (fire engine, ambulance, police)… Pulling to the right is preferred (at least that is what we we were taught when I learned to drive. If pulling to the right is unsafe then pulling off to the left maybe an option, but Don’t… I repeat DON’T Come to a sudden stop in front of them.
I actually witnessed someone do this when I was doing ride-alongs back in my college days. We were running a code-3 call and most people were pulling off to the right, some to the left. This one lady, however, decides to keep going right in front of us, and then slams to a sudden stop for a red light. I assure you ambulances are not meant to attempted to be standed on their noses and trying to do so tends to piss off the driver. I’m sure that murderous thoughts were going through the driver’s head (or at least the look in his eyes were).
In the end everything turned out ok no accident was caused. We made it to the scene (which as I recall was a minor accident w/ only minor injuries).
Remember, when you hear sirens that means emergency personnel are on their way to some emergency – Fire, Accident, Medical….. Be respectful and give them the right of way. Quickly, but safely get out of their way so they can do what they do best: