aka The Frazzled Mom
Not quite my soap box, but my thoughts on emergency vehicles. Let’s start with two simple questions:
If you hear the sound of a siren in the distance, do you look for the direction and source?
If you are driving down the road and you see an ambulance or other emergency vehicle heading in your direction, same side of the street….what do you do?
I had the unfortunate opportunity of riding in the front seat of an ambulance recently. It truly amazed me to watch the driver race down the roads, through red lights, blaring the siren and honking the horn in warning, all without making a sound. He quietly drove the vehicle, giving an odd sense of peace despite the race to the hospital.
That, in itself, was something to witness and I had to thank him after. Of course, I thanked all who were involved in the emergency.
But what surprised me during the drive was this: everyone was so slow to respond to the siren. Some casually drifted to the side of the road, while others remained steadfast in the left lane, not to be moved despite the angry sound of the horn. What is the rule for emergency vehicles? I’d always been taught, by my parents and driving instructors, that when you hear the sound of the siren, move to the far right. Basically, Get.Out.Of.The.Way. Simple enough, right? But from what I saw, some drivers gave me the impression that either they weren’t familiar with that rule or they expected the emergency vehicle to go around them.
You may not be one of those drivers, but its always a good reminder to all of us. Those sirens and flashing lights are there for a reason. They aren’t out for a Sunday drive. They are responding to or transporting someone’s mother, son, daughter, father, husband or best friend. Don’t ruining their chance to be saved by being a road hog.