Friday’s Rant from the Soap Box in MY Living Room – MOVE OUT OF THE WAY!!

Welcome to my Friday’s Rants from the Soap Box in my Living Room. A small space in the week where I can have a chunter about things that have made me twitch with annoyance or made me question if the world has gone mad or not. This week, my foot stomping tantrum is  titled “MOVE OUT OF THE WAY”, read on to find out more…

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I recently was walking along the side of the road, near where we live. The road was busy, but not gridlocked. I heard an emergency vehicle approaching from behind me, coming along the road. As it grew closer, I could see that most of the cars on the road were aware, and were trying to make an effort to move out of it’s way. It appeared on the road, where I was and was an in fact an ambulance. It was clearly trying to get somewhere (either to an emergency situation, or taking someone to hospital for urgent care) and it needed to get through the traffic. It’s sirens were going and the blue emergency lights. They weren’t out for a quiet afternoon drive in suburbia…

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I was shocked to see that despite most of the cars trying to make the road as clear as possible, one or two did not, and one car driver appeared furious at having to move at all, refused to move and  even hooted his horn several times at another car moving slightly out of the way, to give the ambulance safe clearance. This horrified me. They aren’t generally trying to get home faster for their tea, or to clock off their shift, they are probably trying to get somewhere fast to help someone or deal with an emergency situation. 

Whilst it is not always the easiest thing or convenient to have to get out of the way, for an emergency vehicle in your path, it’s just basic moral and common sense to do so. The people driving them, be they fire fighters, paramedics, or police officers (or other members of the emergency services) are trying to get somewhere to help someone, save a life, stop or intervene in a crime happening, and they need to get there safely and quickly. If car and other vehicle drivers refuse to get out of their way, they have to waste precious minutes getting through, and this could be putting people’s lives at risk. Frankly, if you refuse to get out of the way of an  emergency vehicle, when you safely can, you are a selfish numpty and I hope neither you or your family ever have to wait the arrival of an emergency service vehicle or get stuck in traffic in one (I can tell you from experience that riding in an ambulance with a very unwell relative, getting them to hospital is no joke, you are hoping and praying to get there as safely and quickly as you can, and waiting for the emergency services to arrive to help you is equally stressful, if people are selfish and don’t allow them to get through, it makes that wait longer) 

So, if you are in a car or other vehicle and you hear an emergency vehicle coming towards you, on the road, and you can move out of it’s way to allow it to maneuver through quickly, then please do. Don’t be a selfish numpty, MOVE OUT OF THE WAY…. 

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  1. I’ve never come across anyone who was too moronic to not move out of the way for emergency vehicles… why would anyone feel that this was acceptable?!
    Hope you feel better after Friday’s Rant from the soap box in your living room :o)

  2. Entirely agree. Though I also get annoyed by the surprisingly common occurrence of people who are no actually in the way panicking & stopping or moving when they hear them, thereby putting themselves in the way of either the emergency vehicle or other vehicles who actually did need to move. Or moving for emergency vehicles but into an obviously stupid position that makes things worse. People need to be observant, be considerate & show some basic common sense in judging what they should do! #PoCoLo

  3. Nothing gives me more road rage than this. Even littering–which I despise.
    Found you on #effitfriday

  4. That’s the thing that gets me…the bit about what these morons (she said politely) would do they day they need the emergency services themselves (and the chances of that day coming are pretty high). Honestly, it’s the way of the world in general. You know, the not giving of a crap because people won’t/can’t just put themselves in someone else’s shoes. It genuinely depresses me!

    Thanks for linking to #effitfriday

  5. I am so with you on this. The other issue I have related to this one is the inconsiderate way in which people park – making it FAR more difficult for emergency vehicles to access an area. This happens regularly near me. Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

  6. This is unbelievable! Moving out of the way for an ambulance is really common sense and people who don’t want to do it are rude and ignorant! Unfortunately there are all kinds of people living in the big city and you can never know what kind of reactions you might get from people. I always move out of the way and I teach my children to do so too. I wish to nobody to be inside of the ambulance and see how horrible the situation is!

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