Hi, in the following tip article is some great information for all drivers . But in my opinion there also needs to be some tips to the Emergency driver’s or first responders as well. I was a first responder may moons ago here in one of the busiest cities in America New York. We handled both emergency and general transport like todays companies out there on the road. Some are still around from when I started and others are gone like my original company which was swallowed up by others.
But we had rules for using the Lights and sirens just like the Police and Fire. It seems to me a lot of these rules have been forgotten or not taught. I mean we even had to do a driver training before we could even drive one of the trucks on a regular basis. Some of the rules were obivious. But there were others that we were taught or told to follow.
Maybe the NHTS should publish something like this.
Here is a sample of the tips I think should be passed on to those behind the wheel today:
- No sirens should be used on the Highways or parkways as they cause much confusion for both sides of the highway and service streets and roads next to the roadways. the sound is projected all over hard to determine where coming from. Lights only is more than adequate for highway with short bursts if in stand still traffic.
- No going over speed limit unless in a pursuit and then maintain a safe speed of no more than 50 in city limits or 70 on highway if no danger is presented. Remember no one can out run a radio.
- Only use Emergency lights and or sirens or both when absolutely necessary. no driving around with flashing lights no one in vehicle or transport home or to a simple doctors appointment or non-emergency transport
- Follow all parking rules and try to keep road way clear while treating a patient or picking up a patient from a residence or hospital.
- Lights on whenever in vehicle not just daytime driving. promote safe driving and people tend to let you by because the Headlights are on if nothing else is.
- Obey all traffic laws lights and signs unless emergency calls for special actions.
- you have no right to be a distracted driver because of type of vehicle driven. partner in the pass. seat operates radio and computer while responding. Driver at transport if partner unable to assist for directions as needed if necessary.
Here are some tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that you can pass along to fleet drivers as a friendly reminder.