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06-09-2017, 13:28   #21
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My driving instructor always told me that I should be able to see tyres and tarmac. It leaves me a bit of space in front which is safer if the car in front rolls back, but also enables some manoeuvring if I need to move over.
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06-09-2017, 17:30   #22
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I think I'd take the hit and willingly break the law in a safe and appropriate manner, not so much for a police car, but certainly for an ambulance (could be a serious medial emergency for someone).

I'd challenge any ticket; and tell the judge I'd do exactly the same again in future.
May be the police car would be going to a serious incident involving the safety of lots of folk.
Bearing in mind if someone calls 999 because they are going to harm themselves using a weapon or throw them self from height it will be police attending first!
What about a fire engine, would you move over for them?
Not being obtuse, just wondering your reasoning.
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06-09-2017, 18:06   #23
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I've always stopped a little bit short, it gives you space to move over for emergency vehicles and for filtering cyclists and motorbike riders
It's called a safety gap and is good practice at all times. It used to be covered in driving lessons, don't know about nowadays.
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06-09-2017, 18:08   #24
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May be the police car would be going to a serious incident involving the safety of lots of folk.
Bearing in mind if someone calls 999 because they are going to harm themselves using a weapon or throw them self from height it will be police attending first!
What about a fire engine, would you move over for them?
Not being obtuse, just wondering your reasoning.
Yeah, I think a fire engine more so than a police car.

I guess to my mind; I just don't associate a police car with blue lights on, with 'someone's life is on the line'. With an ambulance though, I would imagine there's a good chance that could be the case.
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06-09-2017, 20:32   #25
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Someone at Middlewood DTC failed their driving test for crossing a red light to make way for an emergency vehicle.

Examiners and instructors alike always say you are not expected to break the law in order to make way.
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