Emergency service vehicles respond to incidents in NSW every day. It is paramount that all road users understand how to respond appropriately when they hear or see an emergency siren.
NRMA Driver Training urges all road users to increase their understanding of road rules to help increase safety levels on the road.
Top 10 tips
1. Do not panic
You might feel a little overwhelmed when you hear a siren and traffic starts to move aside but remember to stay calm and don’t panic. Panicking and stopping abruptly in an unsafe place can cause a huge threat to the safety of you and others on the road.
2. Slow down
Stopping suddenly could cause harm to the emergency vehicle or another vehicle. Slow down and don’t make any sudden movements.
You might be distracted by the siren, but don’t forget to indicate. Showing the emergency vehicle where you are going, and other vehicles nearby, will help all road users leave or arrive safely.
4. Don't block roads
Be careful not to block roads as you might block the pathway for an oncoming emergency vehicle.
5. Be aware of other vehicles
Focus and be aware of all vehicles, including the emergency vehicle and other road users to prevent accidents.