How You Can Help
You can do some simple things to help emergency personnel reach a person in need.
Use the letters S-I-R-E-N to remember the right way
to yield to an emergency vehicle.
Drive defensively, keep the noise level down in your car and look for more than one emergency vehicle approaching when you hear a siren.
Check your rear-view mirror, scan in front and on both sides of your vehicle, try to estimate the closing speed of the emergency vehicle and plan your next move.
React quickly, but calmly and scan in all directions before pulling over. Always use a turn signal when exiting the roadway and dont slam on the brakes or pull over suddenly.
Before re-entering the road, make a visual sweep in all direc-tions, turn on your signal, and gradually merge back into traffic.
Dont stop at a place that doesnt have enough room to pull over safely and never follow or try to outrun an emergency vehicle.
Be alert for pedestrians who may be in the
crosswalk or at the edge of the roadway. They might be looking for the
emergency vehicle too and not be aware of your efforts to yield properly.
On the Highway
Always use your signal so that other drivers know
how you intend to exit the road and look for other cars that may have to move
across lanes of traffic to yield. Pull as far off the highway as safely
possible and grad-ually brake to avoid losing control in loose gravel on the
Always check for turning vehicles before you step
into the street because drivers may not see you. Be sure to stop at the curb,
look left-right- left before crossing the street, and keep looking for
vehicles. Do not cross in front of an emergency vehicle which may be stopped at
a busy intersection, wait for the vehicle to pass.
Always wear a helmet on every ride and equip your
bicycle with reflectors on the front and rear. Bicyclists must obey traffic
laws that apply to motor vehicles. Ride single file and on the right side of
the road with traffic. When an emergency vehicle is approaching, pull as far to
the right as possible. Do not cross in front of an emergency vehicle which may
be stopped at a busy intersection, wait for the vehicle to pass.