This week's safety tip, culled from the Minnesota Driver's Manual, addresses how drivers should respond when encountering emergency vehicles on the highway. You may want to pass this advice along to your fleet drivers.
- When you see the flashing lights of an ambulance, fire truck or police car on the shoulder of the road, you must move a lane away from the emergency vehicle, if it is possible to do so safely.
- If you are not able to safely move a lane away, slow down.
- When you see an emergency vehicle with its lights and siren activated behind you, move to the nearest side of the road and stop. Do not slam on the brakes or swerve into other lanes. Remember to use your turn signal.
- Remain stopped until the emergency vehicle has completely passed.
- Look for other emergency vehicles that may be following it before pulling out.
- Stay at least 500 feet back from any firefighting vehicle.