How to Make Way for Emergency Vehicles with Blue Light Aware

Computer rendition of Fire engine on response in traffic.

Published 28 April 2021
Last updated 28 April 2021

In this article we reveal some top tips for responding to emergency services drivers.

Welcome to Blue Light Aware!

If you’ve ever worried about the ‘correct’ way to respond to police cars, ambulances and fire engines, then you’re in luck. Our friends at GEM, Highways England and the emergency services have come up with some brilliant advice to help you work out what to do (and what not to do!) when you’re making way for an emergency vehicle.

The campaign consists of ten rather neat animations.  You can either click on to social media to take a look, or visit the Blue Light Aware website for the main video and accompanying resources.

The animations cover the main situations where confusion occurs and provide loads of great tips to help you improve your skills, confidence and decision-making.

You’ll learn about:

1 Smart motorways
2 Traffic lights
3 Where to stop
4 Motorway breakdowns
5 Double white lines
6 Roundabouts
7 Vehicle in the carriageway
8 Motorways and dual carriageways
9 Rolling road blocks
10 Leaving enough space

So dive in and make sure that next time you encounter an emergency vehicle, you know how to respond safely.

More driving advice

Whether you’re an experienced driver or you’ve just started learning to drive, Safe Driving for Life is here to help you. We have a whole host of information for professionals, students and trainers - check out our advice pages or head on over to our shop to browse all the official DVSA resources.

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