Driving 101: It’s An Ambulance You Idiot!

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Okay, the headline here may be a bit severe but I’m quoting myself just about every time I am driving and pull over for an emergency vehicle to pass by.  Almost every single time there will be at least one goober that will drive on and refuse to yield.  Why is this a thing?  Isn’t this one of those basic rules you learn in driving?

Still, it happens every time.

What’s worse it that even when people behind you pull over and wait, they will immediately return and try to use it as an opportunity to pass.  We’re all stopped for the same reason here.  It is not an excuse to pass.

So what are the rules?

When the siren approaches you from behind you:

  • Slow down and be alert of the traffic around you
  • Don’t panic
  • Steer your vehicle over to the right to make a path for the emergency vehicle
  • Wait for the emergency vehicle to pass before you pull back into traffic.

When the siren approaches from the front:

  • Slow down and be alert of the traffic around you
  • Don’t panic
  • In general, you still want to pull to the side of the road
  • Wait for the emergency vehicle to pass before you pull back into traffic.

There are also times when you are simply stuck in “no man’s land” and can’t pull over to the right.  Make your best judgment and either stay still for the emergency vehicle to go around you or help open a path for the emergency vehicle.  It’s sometimes difficult to think quickly when you are stuck but use your best judgment.

So what about the interstate?

Drivers should yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway.  Most of the time, just freeing up the far left lane won’t require you to stop but always yield the emergency vehicle.

So if you are on the road driving around downtown Nashville and you hear the siren, PULL OVER AND STOP.  If the emergency vehicle was coming to assist you wouldn’t you want people to yield?

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miltonhooper

I love to get paid for writing but I continue to write anyway. It is something I feel driven to do. I may not always get the grammar correct but I hope I can entertain whoever reads it.

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