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The school buses transport our most precious items (our kids). All the time we have people who are driving by the school buses when they are embarking or dropping the kids off. Some of those drivers seem unaware of the risks of tragedy that can happen in a matter of seconds.
When should you stop for a school bus?
Drivers should stop for school buses according to their state laws. Usually on a street or on a road, all drivers who drive in any direction should stop when the school bus is stopped to embark or drop off kids and remain stopped until all kids are out of the street or road and the stop sign attached to the school bus is hinged back.
When we go by driving throughout the day, we are under the supervision of crews responsible for law enforcement, firemen and paramedics. We must be aware as drivers of what to do when an emergency vehicle approaches us. Rule number One is when you hear or see an emergency vehicle of any kind approaching the back of your car, pull your car as much as possible to the right side and stop.
When you are approached by an emergency vehicle, what to do?
After the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle which sounds a siren and has intermittent emergency lights, a driver must yield and drive to right edge of the road or any crossroad and remain there until the emergency vehicle has passed. Be extremely careful in an emergency situation and follow the instructions given by a police officer, if there’s any there.
What’s the distance you must keep from an emergency vehicle?
Keep yourself at least a 500 feet distance from a moving emergency vehicle (fire truck, ambulance, police car) that has warning flashing lights and sounds a siren.
Unless a police officer is in the place and is giving instructions on how to proceed, drivers who approach a stopped emergency vehicle with its warning lights on must:
- Not to use the closest lane to the emergency vehicle, if the road has two or more lanes in the same direction the emergency vehicle is;
- Reduce car speed to less than 20 miles under the speed limit of the road;
- Reduce car speed to less than 5 miles under the speed limit of the road if the posted speed limit is inferior to 25 mph
Once the emergency vehicle approaches you, should you start driving slower?
Bring your car to a full stop until the emergency vehicle has passed. Keep your foot on the brake pedal so that your brake lights let the emergency vehicle(s) driver(s) know you stopped.