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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Traffic Laws –For Specialty Vehicles

02 Oct Blog | Comments

It is 6:30am and you are driving down your street and you somehow managed to do it again. You are stuck behind that darn bus, AGAIN. Or you are running late for work and the light that is normally blinking yellow, turns red and you have to sit and wait as you watch one fire truck pull out, then another, followed by an ambulance. You are completely annoyed and frustrated you had to wait two more minutes before the light started blinking yellow again.

There are so many different types of vehicles out there: cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, limos, etc… We have to be on the lookout for all of them and we need to know which ones “get the right of way”.

Ambulances – You usually hear one before you see it. The siren is there to let you know it is coming and that you need to get out of the way. You are supposed to pull over to the right as far as possible to clear an area for the ambulance to come through. However, depending on where you are, for example the left hand turning lane at a red light, you are sometimes better off staying put and letting the ambulance go around you. The best “rule of thumb” to follow is that if you can SAFELY pull over to your right, do so, if not, stay put.

Buses – Many people are unclear about the bussing laws, because the rules change depending on how many lanes there are. If it is a 2-lane road, cars on both sides must stop and the bus load or unload. If it is a 4-lane road and the bus is on the other side, you do not need to stop.

Fire Trucks – The laws for fire trucks is pretty much the same as an ambulance. Just keep this in mind, if it was your loved one in that ambulance, or your home that fire truck was going to safe wouldn’t you want everyone to get out of their way?!

Police Cars – The laws you follow for both the fire truck and ambulances will apply here as well. The only time that is different is if you are the one they are pulling over. If it is you then you need to pull over to the right as soon as there is a safe place to stop. That means you do not need to pull over on a bridge where you will be in the way of traffic. Wait until you are over the bridge then look for a good place.

Another tip: This is not necessarily a law, but most people follow it. If you see a police car, fire truck, tow truck, or ambulance on the side of the highway, most people will pull over a lane. This is more for safety reasons for the people on the side of the road.

Driving is part of our daily lives. While those special vehicles can be a pain, for the 2 minutes of our lives that they interrupt, they save lives and protect our children. By simply paying more attention, following the rules of the road and being courteous we can all get home safely, and that really is the ultimate goal.


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