(Press Release)- If an emergency vehicle is approaching what should I do? That is a question representatives at the Rockwall Emergency Medical Services want everyone to know the answer too.
“State laws and common sense dictate that vehicles yield to emergency vehicles that are operating their emergency lights and siren,” said a Rockwall EMS representative. “When it’s safe, slow down, pull over to the right and stop. Emergency vehicle operators are taught to pass on the left whenever possible when responding in an emergency mode.”
Knowing how to react at a moment’s notice when EMS arrive at a scene can save lives. As drivers, we can not only protect ourselves through defensive driving and alertness, but make sure the EMS driver can get to hospital or an accident as quickly as possible.
“When it’s safe, slow down, pull over to the right and stop. However, there are circumstances where that may not be possible, if you car is already stopped, and you don’t have anywhere to pull over,” continued the representative. “Simply stay put until the emergency vehicle goes around you. If you are blocking the route of the emergency vehicle, and you are able to pull ahead and over into a clear area, use your turn signal to indicate your intentions and proceed at a safe speed.”
Never slam on the brakes and stop in the middle of the road when you see apparatus approaching. Make no sudden moves. If an emergency vehicle is approaching from the opposite direction, you should pull over to the right and stop. You have no idea if they are proceeding down the road, or are planning on turning into a driveway or intersection right in front of you.