06/13/10 78 W - + 11 - 15 Getting Out of the Way

From a reader, here's a unique peek at driving conditions across the pond. It's a compilation of driver's eye views from what appears to be Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service. Beware, there's a roundabout included, though that clip stops as they enter same. Good thing, too. It'd probably induce vertigo in western viewers. And if the left-side driving is too terrifying, simply view the video with a mirror! Thanks for sending, Paul.

I don’t get it… People are moving out of the way. People are stopping on the side of the road, in BOTH directions! When someone that’s stopped realizes they’re stopped in a bad position, they have the sense to start moving and get out of the way. HOW is this possible, and how do we make it happen here?

And yes, watching them hang to the left is kind of terrifying, especially in the beginning when there are some arrows in the road that are pointing back at the rescue truck, making it look like he’s driving in the wrong direction. What’s that all about?
[rfburns] - 06/13/10 - 22:43

So I finally found what I was looking for …

Rule 219 of the Highway Code (UK equivalent of US DMV handbook) states “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.”

It’s been a couple decades since I did my driving lessons, but there are 2 sets of white arrows in the video.
The first, seen at 0:04, are in line with the centre stripe and direction of travel and tell you that there’s a bend in the road.
The second, seen at 0:24, are in the middle of the lane facing the other direction and (IIRC) are there to tell you that if you’re coming the other way and are currently overtaking then you’re approaching a no-passing zone.
Paul - 06/14/10 - 08:36

why did the driver turn the siren off while trying to over take that transfer truck is that common practice in the UK
american - 06/14/10 - 10:37

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