Don’t tailgate, be patient, wait

2017-09-27 06:00

“We had a patient with serious injuries in the back of the ambulance. We were attempting to go through an intersection to get her to hospital as quickly as possible.
“We were driving through when a man cut us off completely. We stopped to let him go thinking he might not have seen us. We carried on driving behind him and he pulled over letting us pass and then he started following us, through the centre of the two lanes.
“We carried on going and slowed down as vehicles came towards us. The vehicle behind almost rear-ended us. I’ve previously been in a collision in a similar situation,” said Kerry­ Gamble, an intermediate life support medic at ER24.

• don’t panic;

• give way;

• constantly check your rearview/side mirrors;

• don’t tailgate;

• be patient;

• check before you cross an intersection even if the light is green for you;

• do not blindly move in a direction or slam on brakes;

• observe your surroundings, paramedics do too; and

• do not play excessively loud music – this will hamper you from hearing the siren. When you hear a siren, try and determine where it is coming from.

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