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Fleet safety tip: Driving safely around emergency vehicles

With all the things a driver has to pay attention to, it’s particularly important to also be aware of emergency vehicles on the road.

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When an emergency vehicle approaches from behind you:

  • Slow down and check the traffic around you 
  • Avoid pulling over immediately – there could be another car, cyclist or pedestrian around 
  • Once a path is clear on the shoulder, use your blinker or hazard lights and pull over to the right 

When an emergency vehicle approaches from in front of you:

  • Pull to the side of the road and turn on the hazards
  • Free the lane for emergency responders by pulling onto the shoulder  

When following an emergency vehicle with flashing lights, expect to stay about 300-500 feet behind the vehicle. 

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