How to make way for a firetruck

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+10 1. loadme commented 9 years ago

think I will get a blue light for christmas shopping time.

well however, you can nicely see how important it is, that every single car driver respects the ambulance.
a few of them didnt which enormously increased the time of arrival and can easily cost lifes
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+16 2. Kinslayer commented 9 years ago

Looks like a firetruck to me...
This goes very smooth, faith in humanity restored :D
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+20 3. rokxer commented 9 years ago

@0:45 There is always one special person that has to f*** things up, ALWAYS
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+10 4. N3R3Z commented 9 years ago

#2 yes, it is firetruck (obvious from mirror reflection in last frame of the video) and this footage is from Germany
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+10 5. ataneg commented 9 years ago

and how about keeping the hard shoulder vacant for the emergency vehicles?
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+10 6. torbengb commented 9 years ago

It's not an ambulance, it's a fire truck. O:)

The idea is that the rightmost emergency lane is no good for emergencies -- weird because it works fine in the rest of the entire world. Instead, they had a not-very-brilliant idea that all lanes should make way to the RIGHT except the leftmost lane which should make way to the LEFT.

Sounds like a simple rule but evidently this doesn't work very well because people get confused whether they should steer left or right -- see 0:44 and 1:49 for demonstrations. Lots of drivers (especially from other countries, naturally) don't even know about this rule, so they don't make room at all (1:30).

Yeah, let's not follow proven international standards but invent new ones... :x
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-1 7. grator commented 9 years ago

This is how its work on german Autobahn.
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+1 8. stretchpadawan commented 9 years ago

In Australia, the drivers in front either

A) panic and stop in the middle of the road

B) dont even know its there because they dont use mirrors and have a fully cranked stereo


C) refuse to give way to another vehicle no matter what it is

We must have the worlds worst drivers...I'm so envious of coutries where people actually know how to drive. Over here they regard a license as a right, not a privelige
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+1 9. arakawa commented 9 years ago

In Brazil, ambulance or fire truck would go by the right lane in highways. However, they must fit wherever they can in the city and sometimes motorcyclists will take advantage of the free lane and follow the ambulance.
Even though some folks got confused whether to turn right or left in this video, most of them have a good sense of cooperation. Maybe something we must learn here.
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0 10. orion commented 9 years ago

What's wrong with the camera? I'm getting dizzy.
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+3 11. s1lent commented 9 years ago

this must be in Germany, UK drivers are too dumb and selfish to pull off anything like that as a whole.
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+2 12. Tareim (admin) commented 9 years ago

why have they blocked the hard shoulder? (the lane far right in this case) isn't what that lane is primarily used for other than breakdowns
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0 13. zongap commented 9 years ago

In France they try to pass on the right lane, but on some freeway it's risky beacause it's where all the junk (tires pieces, etc.) end up. So sometimes they do the same as here, like German. And it works pretty well even in our country. I guess some european countries can teach others about trafic kindness^^
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0 14. andreas0816 commented 9 years ago

The hard shoulder is for breakdowns. In a lot of places it is not very wide, so if a lorry is driving a bit to far to the right, it might be blocked.
Cars are easier to maneuver, thats why the emergency lane is usually between left and right(two lanes) or between left hand and middle lane (three lanes)
Nothing unusual about it.

Another reason: the hard shoulder is often blocked by cars having a breakdown.
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0 15. Yokhannan commented 9 years ago

This is truly truly amazing. Driving across the USA a half dozen times and never seen this kind of cooperation from such a massive line of cars and trucks.
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0 16. Skeesicks commented 9 years ago

Despite the poor video quality.I asume this video takes place in Austria.

We have a law that, if there is heavy traffic, you will have to make place in the middle of the road, even if there is no emergency vehicle.

If you dont form the so called "Rettungsgasse" you will be fined up to 2000 Euro!
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+1 17. kekke2000 commented 9 years ago

1:48 Lotus Esprit
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0 18. torbengb commented 9 years ago

#16 it's in Germany, but it could just as well have been in Austria - same rules.

(i) For the non-German readers, here's the website of the Autobahn company that explains it, but be warned that it's totally biased in favor: