When you see an emergency vehicle
- Remain calm, pull to the right and come to a stop.
- When in the left lane, move to the right as traffic allows.
- If you cannot move to the right because of an obstacle, such as a car, simply stop.
- Your prompt action will let the driver of the emergency vehicle know you are aware of their approach.
- When an emergency vehicle approaches you from behind while you are stationary at an intersection, stop sign or red light, do not move until the vehicle has passed you.
The drivers of all emergency vehicles are thoroughly trained and tested. They are taught to drive with regard for the safety of others. Their intent is to never force other drivers off the road. Drivers of emergency vehicles know that they cannot help anyone if they don't get there! Sometimes, due to traffic conditions, it may be necessary for emergency vehicles to travel in opposing lanes, against the flow of traffic. This is why it is very important for all vehicles to respect responding emergency vehicles by moving to the right and stopping.
If you or someone you care about requires the help of an emergency responder, you will be thankful for the drivers who don't impede their safe and prompt arrival.