A paramedic reader of Tom Reynolds's blog Random Acts Of Reality asked me if I could put up a post on how to deal with Emergency Vehicles, as he had experienced case(s) where learners have panicked, blocking the road, and causing delays in getting to 999 calls, so here goes.
How to deal with Emergency Vehicles when driving in the UK.
Actually why re-invent the wheel, when it has already been done by someone else, so read the following FMG.ORG.UK Emergency Vehicles Article.
Note: There is a slight mistake in the article, you should pull up on the right when in lane 2 of a dual carriageway. If on a 3 lane dual carriageway, then check your mirrors to see which way the cars behind you are moving, and follow suit.
As mentioned in the article, the main thing is not to panic, look around, and do not just stop the car in the middle of the road, if you can not find somewhere to pull up on the left, keep moving until you are able to do so, the emergency vehicle will still be following you, but the driver is highly trained and will be aware of what is going on, so remain calm. Your instructor should also be giving you advice if he/she sees that you having difficulty so listen out for this as well.
If you are unfortunate enough to have to deal with an emergency vehicle on a test, then the same applies, but do not wait for the examiner to help you to deal with the situation, as any intervention on his part means you have not been able to demonstrate that you have reached the standard required to be left to drive on UK roads un-supervised.
At this moment, I'd like to say a big thanks to all the members of the emergency services for their dedication to their jobs, and the services they render to the public, I have never had to use them, but all the same, keep up the good work guys.