GEM Motoring Assist’s latest advice to help car drivers better understand different road user groups focuses on sharing the road with emergency vehicles.
GEM says the “vast majority” of road users want to help an emergency service driver, but it is not always clear what they are expected to do. As a result, GEM says “too many members of the public are putting themselves in danger, breaking the law or risking damage to their cars” while trying to assist an emergency vehicle on a blue light run.
A short video from GEM – made with the full support of the emergency services – outlines the most appropriate course of action for drivers to take in a variety of situations where they may encounter an emergency vehicle.
David Williams MBE, GEM chief executive, said: “Emergency service drivers make ‘blue light’ journeys because someone needs their urgent help.
“We in turn can help them by giving them the room they need. In so doing, we may well be helping to save a life.”
GEM five tips to promote safety for drivers and emergency vehicles are:
• Stay safe and legal. No one expects you to put yourself at risk or break the law in an attempt to help an emergency vehicle.
• Remain calm and observant. The earlier you spot an emergency vehicle, the more time you have to plan.
• Don’t make judgements on which emergency vehicles deserve your help and which ones don’t. Aim for a consistently thoughtful and courteous attitude that puts safety first in every situation.
• If you slow down or stop, don’t move off or accelerate until the emergency vehicle has passed completely.
• There may be more than one emergency vehicle coming, so listen for different sirens, and look all round before moving off.