Emergency vehicle coming


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.


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