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Some Vehicles take Priority

18 Oct Blog | Comments

We all have important, busy lives. We have to get to our jobs, so we can pay the bills. We have to pick up our children from school, events or sports. We don’t want to be late, so sometimes we forget there could be other, more urgent reasons for a person to be a car driving somewhere.

In the car next to us could be someone trying to get to a sick family member. In the truck behind us there could be someone in labor on the way to the hospital. In the minivan that just got off the exit could be someone with an injury.

It is hard to know what is going on in other people’s lives, so try to be patient when you are driving.

On the opposite side of the unknown, is the known also referred to as the law. There are certain vehicles that take priority, no matter what is going on in anyone’s world. The reason that some vehicles get priority is because it has been decided that anyone inside of that vehicle needs help immediately.

For example, if you see an ambulance with its lights on it is either heading to go pick up someone who is severely injured or it has someone inside of it who needs to get to a hospital immediately. A fire truck whose lights are on may not have anyone on board who is injured, but it is heading to a place where there could be injured people.

In cases where you see ambulances, fire trucks and the police with their lights on it is your responsibility to pull over and get out of their way as quickly and as safely as possible.

Other vehicles that we have to give priority to our buses and funeral processions. Although neither of those vehicles have injured parties on board they take priority because buses are carrying children in order to keep them as safe as possible we must never drive around a bus that has its red lights on.

A funeral procession usually has a large number of cars that need to stay together and that is why they get priority. People in a funeral procession are mourning the loss of someone they loved. The funeral procession is usually heading to a cemetery in order to say last goodbyes.

No one wants to have their day interrupted especially when they’re trying to drive somewhere to pick up a child or go to an event. However, sometimes there are other priorities around us in one of those is a person who is severely injured and needs to get to a hospital. Another example is if someone house is on fire and a fire truck needs to get through in order to put that fire out.

Just try to keep this in mind, if you were the person who was injured or if your house was on fire wouldn’t you want everyone else to get out of the way so the right people could get to you in order to help you.


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