The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) are adding a question to the Driving Theory test for learner drivers on how to react when faced with an emergency vehicle on call-out.
The hazard perception section of the driving theory test will include a section on how drivers should respond when faced with an approaching ambulance, police car or fire engine. This was decided upon following a suggestion by the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue service.
For a lot of new drivers and learner drivers on the road it can be quite daunting when faced with a high-speed emergency vehicle and many simply don't know how to react.
For young and learner drivers who are either in the process of learning to drive or have just qualified it is absolutely vital to let them pass you as soon as it's safe to do so. iKube recommends:
1. Keep a look out for flashing headlights, sirens, blue, red or green lights.
2. If one approaches then do not panic.
3. Pull over to the side of the road if it's easy and safe enough to do so.
4. Ensure that the gap you leave is large enough for the vehicle to pass you.
5. If you're on a dual carriageway or motorway then you should look at moving to a left-hand lane in order to let the emergency vehicle pass you.
6. Do not endanger yourself or other road users and pedestrians by harsh braking or mounting kerbs.