I was afraid I had missed out on this week’s Weekend Coffee Share and a chance to share a cup (or maybe a pot ;-)) of coffee with you – IV style for those who prefer. Though I warn you my skills on IV are, more than likely, rusty. I have heard that it’s like riding a bicycle, once you learn the skill you never really forget. I will say this…. In my college days, when I was taking my EMT 2 class, I gave no thought to doing IV’s in what we called “stab labs” I believe I did quite well in that portion of the class (wish I could say the same for the academics portion). The thought of learning (or re-learning) that same skill now?? Well let’s just say that increases the heart rate a bit (ok more than a bit). I am of the opinion that skills like that are best learned young, when one is old enough to learn and too young to be afraid to learn the skill of piercing someone’s skin with a needle… But I digress.
This week, my thoughts turn to that of driving safety. Specifically when it comes to passing Emergency Vehicles, or any vehicle for that matter, with their emergency lights or hazards on. Here, in Arizona, the law dictates that you are to move over a lane whenever passing a vehicle that is pulled over to the side with it’s emergency lights, flashers, or hazards on. It also states that if you cannot safely do so, then you should, at the very least, SLOW DOWN. Please, for the sake of safety (yours and those that are pulled over) heed this rule. All too many times Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics, and even civilians have been injured or killed because this rule has not been heeded to.
If you are a motorist who has found yourself stranded and must exit your car. If at all possible exit on the side away from traffic. If this is not possible watch carefully for traffic approaching from your rear, opening the door only when you are absolutely assured it is safe to do so. If possible, do not let the door open all the way opening it just enough so you can get out out safely. Exit and walk towards the front of the car and around. I say the front since it will provide a semblance of protection should another (G-d forbid) hit you from behind. It must be said that if at all possible you should remain in your car, getting out only if necessary, and it is preferable to (if safe to do so) to remain in your car and call for help from there.
If you have found yourself with a flat tire, be sure you are as far off on the right shoulder as possible before attempting to change a flat. If your flat is on the traffic side and you are unable to get your vehicle well off the road, your safest bet is to call either a towing company or 9-1-1 or your local state highway patrol for assistance. Even if you have knowledge of changing tires, do not attempt to do so if you are close to the edge of the highway. While the law in many states dictate that motorists move over a lane or slow down whenever a vehicle is pulled over to the side, there is no guarantee that all motorists will abide by this law or that they will see you in time to do so.
Go to Move Over AZ for more information on the “Move Over” law in Arizona.
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