You will often find police, ambulance and fire trucks on the road. You need be clear about what you need to do when you see or hear them coming. You should be listening for sirens and looking out for flashing lights. Avoid having your stereo playing so loud that it becomes difficult to hear anything that may be going on outside of your vehicle. If you see one of these emergency vehicles pass by, you should be on the lookout for more because in the event of an emergency usually one or more of these vehicles are deployed. Remember, emergency vehicles always have the right of way. This means the traffic in all directions must stop. There is an exception though: if you are on a highway or freeway and the emergency vehicle is approaching from the other side and there is a physical barrier such as a median separating the oncoming traffic, then you may not need to stop. Otherwise, you need always need to clear a path for the emergency vehicle by pulling to the right and stop. If you are on a one way street or in the left lane of a divided (physical barrier) highway you can also pull over to the left. If you are in the middle or near an intersection, do not block an intersection. In other words say you are approaching an intersection you were planning going straight through an intersection but an emergency vehicle is approaching from behind, you may need to make a turn in order to clear that path for the emergency vehicle. After the emergency vehicle has passed, if you are travelling in the same direction, you need to stay back at least 150 meters. It’s important to let the emergency vehicle know that have noticed them approaching by signaling when you are pulling over.
If do come across an emergency vehicle or another official vehicle (such as a tow truck, or road maintenance truck) with flashing yellow, red, blue or white lights, that has stopped, you need to give them plenty of space when passing them by. This means if you are on a road that has two or more lanes of traffic in the same direction, move over so that you are giving the workers one empty lane between you. If the posted speed limit is 80km/hr or higher, you need to slow down to 70km/hr as you are passing. If the posted speed limit is less than 80km/hr, you need to slow down to 40km/hr as you are passing by the vehicle with flashing lights. This rule does not apply if you are on a divided highway (one with a barrier separating the oncoming traffic) and the emergency vehicle is on the other side of the barrier.