Tips for Safer Driving No.2

Blue Flashing Lights - What do I do when I see them?

Older Drivers Forum for Gloucestershire is Nailsworth Rotary’s commitment to the community to lobby and bring awareness around older drivers and vulnerable road users. Each month we will give you tips on how to keep safe on our rural roads in Gloucestershire.

This month's tip concerns Blue Flashing Lights: does your heart miss a beat or do you panic when blue flashing lights appear in the rear-view mirror? Apparently, many people do, and this leads to very erratic road craft.

Recently, during a presentation from Older Drivers Forum to the Gloucestershire Traffic Police, we asked “What was their greatest concern?” and the reply was “Many drivers do not know what to do about Blue Lights”. This can put emergency vehicle drivers in danger.

Highway Code Rule 219 gives the following advice:

Emergency and Incident Support Vehicles - You should look and listen for ambulances, fire engines, police, doctors or other emergency vehicles using flashing blue, red or green lights and sirens or flashing headlights, or Highways Agency Traffic Officer and Incident Support vehicles using flashing amber lights. When one approaches do not panic. Consider the route of such a vehicle and take appropriate action to let it pass, while complying with all traffic signs. If necessary, pull to the side of the road and stop, but try to avoid stopping before the brow of a hill, a bend or narrow section of road. Do not endanger yourself, other road users or pedestrians and avoid mounting the kerb. Do not brake harshly on approach to a junction or roundabout, as a following vehicle may not have the same view as you.

Gwent Police have produced a video on YouTube which also explains clearly what to do:

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