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.
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.