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Blue light aware

Blue lights

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.