Be blue light aware
Driving on the roads and hear sirens and see blue lights?
How should you react? What should you do?
A firefighter from Bude Community Fire Station recorded this short "blue's and two's" clip whilst responding to an incident to show how simply pulling over can help - especially in traffic jams.
If you spot an emergency services vehicle approaching behind you, please do not panic!
Simply pulling over to allow it to pass - but only when it's safe to do so.
The golden rules are:
Calm: Don’t panic or speed up in an attempt to get out of the way.
- Don’t go through red lights or veer into a bus lane as you will still be prosecuted.
- Do not attempt to outrun a fire engine, police car or an ambulance.
- You are not allowed to drive down the hard shoulder. You will still be breaking the law.
Alert: Turn distracting music down and check mirrors to help determine the direction and number of emergency vehicles.
- Look for somewhere safe to pull in but avoid kerbs, pavements, bends and junctions.
- Watch out for other motorists braking suddenly.
Response: Indicate, check your mirror and move to the left when it is safe to do so.
- Wait patiently to ensure all emergency vehicles have gone and then safely move back out into traffic.
Park with consideration
Be apart of the conversation #ThinkB4Upark.
It is not just drivers panicking that can delay an emergency vehicle it can be badly parked cars.
Please consider whether your parking would delay an emergency vehicle getting to an incident.