"Most motorists are aware and allow us to pass them easily; some people realise too late that there is an emergency vehicle behind them, while others just plainly ignore us," paramedics told Arrive Alive.Some motorists even purposefully try block emergency vehicles. Or, use it as an opportunity to overtake other vehicles, which are pulling to the side.
"We often see people tailgating emergency vehicles and moving into emergency lanes when there is traffic backup. This, ultimately, delays a response," the paramedics said.There is also a significant problem with accidents at intersections, because drivers do not notice the emergency vehicle. All this is part of a larger group of problems that emergency response vehicles experience. Additional problems include peak hour traffic, road works, and road obstructions. There has also recently been a spotlight on the dangers which emergency responders face in high crime areas. Numerous responders have been assaulted or attacked - with some emergency calls actually being traps to lure them there. With all these challenges, the way you drive can at least take some of the trouble out of the public servants' journeys.