Giving way to emergency vehicles

Always be alert in traffic and focus solely on driving. Do not forget to check your rear-view mirror regularly. Do not do anything else while driving. Looking away from the road even for a few seconds, such as a glance at your mobile phone, means that the car is travelling blindly for tens of metres. You should also not listen to music so loud that you cannot hear the traffic around you.

If you have these basics in order, most often you will first notice an emergency vehicle by its siren. In an urban environment, sounds may bounce off buildings in random directions, so it can often be difficult to discern where exactly the emergency vehicle is approaching from, but the sound of the alarm can still help you to prepare for facilitating the vehicle’s quick arrival at its destination.

If an emergency vehicle approaches you from behind, do not panic or make any sudden moves. If possible, do not stop, because that creates traffic jams that slow down the emergency vehicle. Always attempt to first move to the right to make way and remember to show this by using your indicator. If you cannot make way for the emergency vehicle, drive forward carefully and make way, using your indicator, when you find a suitable place.

If absolutely necessary, you can also make way by driving through a red light. You can also use your vehicle to block a pedestrian crossing or crossroad and stop crossing traffic from blocking the emergency vehicles. However, you are responsible for these actions and if an accident occurs, the driver going through the red light is responsible for the consequences.

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