Blue light aware
Flashing lights in your rear view mirror
You’ve seen the flashing lights – you’ve heard the sirens, but deciding what to do when an emergency vehicle is approaching from any direction can be a dilemma.
Here are some tips that will help you stay calm and safe and help our emergency vehicles get to their destination without delay.
- Look and listen
Check your mirrors regularly and make sure your music is not too loud.
- Consider the route and size of the vehicle
You may need to move over even if the emergency vehicle is traveling in the opposite direction.
- Signal your intentions using your indicators
This will help the emergency vehicle and other road users know what action you are taking.
- Pull in or move over safely
You may not need to stop completely.
- Don’t stop opposite any obstructions
This will make the road narrower.
- Avoid mounting kerbs/pavements where possible
Be aware of pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists.
- Signal when you are pulling away
Motorists behind you may still be moving, be careful when rejoining the road.
- Stay alert
More emergency vehicles may be on the way.
A special thank you to our friends at the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust and the Blue Light Aware team for this useful information.