Top tips when faced with emergency vehicles

Written by: Fuel Card Services, Last updated:11th August 2020

Top tips when faced with emergency vehicles (image credit: iStock/MattGush)

Emergency vehicles are a common sight on UK roads, but in many cases their progress can be impeded by motorists who fail to react appropriately when they approach.

It is for this reason that IAM RoadSmart has published advice for all road users on how to deal with approaching emergency vehicles, as doing so in a calm and responsible manner could ultimately help to save lives.

As such, drivers are reminded that awareness is key to allowing emergency vehicles to pass swiftly and easily, while they should always be fully aware of other road users and pedestrians when pulling out of the way.

Patience is a virtue when it comes to pulling over, as drivers should aim to pull to the side of the road and await the passing of these life-saving vehicles for as long as it takes for them to get through the traffic.

Finally, remain calm at all times – once the vehicle has passed, you'll soon be back on your way and able to resume your journey.

Summing up, IAM RoadSmart's head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman quoted the Highway Code and stated: "Do not panic, consider the route of such a vehicle and take appropriate action to let it pass whilst complying with all traffic signs. Do not endanger yourself or other road users."

Natalie Brinkley, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "We've all been faced with an approaching emergency vehicle at some point during our time on the roads, and making way in a swift and safe manner should always be the first thought to cross our minds."