Stay safe when emergency vehicles approach

Sunday, 26 June 2011

British drivers have been advised to stay calm when they hear the siren or blue lights of an emergency vehicle.

This is according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), which told car insurance customers that when it is safe for them to do so they should pull over and let the emergency vehicle pass them.

The IAM stated that people must remain clam, concentrate and ensure that they respond quickly and efficiently to the situation on the road.

Simon Elstow, head of training at the IAM, said: "Sirens and flashing lights cause many motorists to panic, mainly because drivers are not routinely taught how to respond to them.

"The trick is to behave calmly, legally, safely and predictably and move out of the way as soon as it is safe to do so."

Recently, Brake urged that fire services start planning for Road Safety Week 2011 which will take place in November to encourage better driving across the UK.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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