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...or you'll be left wondering why you've been glared at by a crew :D
Most are concerning vehicles on blues & twos (visual and audible warnings) but a few will be for in general

This is what people do but we really wish they would not
In no particular order
Being aware of other motorists will always help
Your ICE may be blaring out but that does not stop you from using your eyes.
Regular mirror checks are a good thing
So:~
1. Do not completely ignore us
Pretending we're not there will not make us vanish
2. Do not stop suddenly
You are in a 1 tonne car
We are in something that varies from 3 - 5 tonnes and has a precious cargo one of which is not tethered.Our stopping distances are longer but, also, we don't want to anchor on
3. Do not stop opposite another vehicle (unless road seriously wide) - this goes for those travelling in the same direction AND those coming the opposite way
4. An ambulance drives to dictated to various conditions.
If travelling lower than the speed you wish to travel do not tailgate(yes people really do) Depending upon circumstance it really is okay to overtake us just don't be fooking stupid about it
5.Do not slow on (i)bends - we do not have bendy or x-ray vision
(ii) on brows of hills (same rule as above)
(iii) by traffic islands (those ones with bollards where pedestrians lurk)
6. Having spotted us consider your speed. Some people believe our bog-standard vans are kitted with jet propulsion. Indicating for us to pass is great but continuing at 60 is not always the best policy esp. on bendy rural roads
7. Try not to create a slalom course. Great in an MX5 - crap in a top heavy van and vomit-inducing for those in the rear
8. There are times when accelerating can work better than slowing - through a set of twists and hillscrests on double white lines if you know the road (or even if you don't) keep a pace going and then clear off to a lay-by or similar
Likewise, if the one in front of us has slowed and you're coming towards us think about accelerating so we have room to move to your side of the road for a safe overtake.
9. Having given way to any one blue-lighter (esp at traffic lights) when you go to move off consider there may be another following behind. Very common with the Water Fairies.
10. Pedestrians: (i)why on earth do you persist in hitting the button on pelican crossings when there's a siren closing in on you? We seriously have to back off even more under such circumstances
(ii) and, for all wide vehicles... do not stand on the edge of the bleedin' pavement. We can and have caught people with our wing mirrors - likewise wagons and other vans
(iii) do not cross a road in the belief we are any softer than other vehicles. We, too, can kill or maim badly

Whether lit up like a christmas tree or not an ambulance always has somewhere to go
If you wish to pootle along at leisure that's cool but please do not hold us up.
You actually could be costing the NHS money in overtime never mind that we are being moved to do emergency cover as another vehicle is attending another incident.
Oh and shutting our lights off straight after passing you has nowt to do with getting going on a butty run. We will have been stood down or need to make a quiet approach to an incident.

Hope i haven't bored you too much
Any questions just ask away
There are no hard and fast rules. All circumstances are different according to conditions.
In towns, people will get up on pavements - whilst i appreciate the gesture i do not expect that and would hate for anyone to create another ambulance-required incident.
Also, traffic lights may have cameras on them. No matter how much you say "I was getting out of the way of a 999er" you will still be fined. Stupid eh? :::nod:::


EMS (emergency medical service) ambulances are 98% + of the time are this colour. Those who convey people to/from appointments tend to be white with markings on them but we, currently, have one of these on station as our spare and it is EMS

Anyway - that's it for now
15 days away from that lot
Woohoo!:skip:
 

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Like the info Jo some people really need to read this.......

Love point 10 :)
 

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Great write up Jo.
I'm amazed at how many drivers don't actually see or hear an emergency vehicle with it's lights and sirens going.

A while back I saw this ambulance 2 cars behind me, nowhere to let them pass easy at that point, went through the roundabout and pulled into the bus stop with enough room for the car behind. The blooming driver flashed his lights, sounded the horn at me, went past, glaring at me, then pulled in right in front of me, partially blocking the road when he realised this ambulance was baring down on him fast. Plonker!
 

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Ty
People do do the darndest things in front of us.... and behind us.... well, all around us lol :frantic:
 

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To add ~
when an unlit ambulance (broad daylight) pulls over to let a lit one by would the oncoming tw4t NOT overtake the car in front which is pulling left in to the Shell garage in FORD (Shropshire)thereby taking up the space that the overtaking ambulance is using to pass the ambling emergency vehicle (i was in the ambling one)
 

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There are so many blind, ignorant, unthoughtful drivers around. I have, before now, seen an ambo in my rear view mirror as I was going up a hill. So I slowed down, knowing the next bit of road would be straight and thus giving other road users time to prepare (stop) and ambo safe place to over take the few cars that were behind me. UNTIL some twazuck decided he was going to go around me as they obviously hadnt seen or heard they blues and twos!
Makes me so mad... My better half is a Police Officer and also suffers such incompetent and ignorant members of the public! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...... Although he tends to praise bus drivers and some lorry drivers around the city...
 

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Well done Jo :thumbsup:
 

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Diolch!

Oh and.... if you spot one of them thar yellow taxis and have the opportunity to dive in to a lay-by please do so (unlike the knobs dear drivers of today):stomp:
 

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Our current GetOutOfTheWay mobile that broke down with a failed starter motor with less than 6k on the clock ;)
anyway - bumped in case it is of interest to those who've joined since May '11
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Absolutely fantastic write up Jo!!! Living on a main road we see numerous emergency vehicles on their way to a shout on a daily basis and it still amazes me at the complete and utter stupidity of some vehicle operators, (as distinct from drivers). Just outside our house there is a traffic island, I have lost count of the amount of times I have seen operators stop their vehicles dead opposite the island, this results in two scenarios, the emergency vehicle squeezes through the gap, yes I have seen a fire appliance going through a gap I'd wince at in the 5! Or they are forced to go over onto the wrong side of the road at the island, risky when you have morons on a similar line of the bell curve coming the other way. Yes Jo, it appears that many seem to think emergency vehicles are made of foam rubber!!

Ultimately, everything you have said isn't rocket science, for me anyway it is all common sense, I really fail to understand how/why there are morons like those described holding driving licenses, should be a combined IQ/ common sense test to allow anyone to hold a licence, see you've now got me started lol. Incidentaly, coming home from work last week there was an ambulance approaching me through a very busy village with one bottleneck next to a set of traffic lights, the local shop is about twenty yds from the lights with the associated moron parking. After watching the usual panic that seems to happen with the morons when anything with blues and twos approaches, I pulled over at an appropriate point to let the ambulance through and was rewarded with a wave from the driver, well, it seems some of us get it right.:thumbsup:

We now need to take your list and nail it into the foreheads of the morons that inhabit our roads, get them off I say, make more room for the 5s and drastically reduce polution in one swell foop.
 

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further bumpage
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Just gonna bump as am mindful of what happened today

I'm moving AT PACE
Just below a dip a 4x4 towing a caravan pulls out
Okay, he couldn't see me, no worries
BUT he then, with oncoming traffic (NSL) hits his brakes as he sees us
I have someone with a rather unwell heart on the stretcher and my colleague trying not to bounce off anything in the back.
60mph to almost zero with 5tonnes plus velocity to contain

Please, only stop if it's bleedin obvious the van can go around - and let's not make a slalom either.

Grrr :mad:
 

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As I have said, many times, on this and other forums, they should be immediately dragged to the side of the road and shot.

The end.
 
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