Yielding to Emergency Vehicles

Monday, December 16, 2013

When youre driving and hear a siren or see the flashing lights of an emergency vehicle, you need to immediately prepare to yield. Dr. Edward Hill gives some tips on yielding to emergency vehicles in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Emergency vehicles, including police, fire and ambulances, respond to calls every day at all hours. While some calls are ordinary, others include life-threatening situations.

When emergency vehicles respond to calls, they often respond at a higher speed than the posted speed limit. All states require traffic to yield to emergency vehicles. This allows for a quicker response by the police, fire or ambulance.

If you are driving and see an approaching emergency vehicle, pull over to the side of the road as quickly, but as safely, as possible.

Use your turn signal, slow down and pull as far right as possible.

When the emergency vehicle passes, put your left turn signal on and pull back into traffic carefully.

Do not pull over and keep your speed at or near the speed limit.

If an emergency vehicle approaches on a curve or hill, do not stop in the curve or hill. At a normal speed, get beyond this area to a flat or straight stretch of the road.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.