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You are about to make a right hand turn at this intersection. You have the green light. You hear a siren and then see that a fire truck will soon overtake you. You should: You are about to make a right hand turn at this intersection. You have the green light. You hear a siren and then see that a fire truck will soon overtake you. You should:

  • A. Speed up to beat the fire truck.

  • B. Stop and let the fire truck overtake you.

  • C. Continue and make the turn because you have the right of way.

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    The correct answer is B
     
    Correct. Remaining stopped will allow the fire truck to negotiate its way around you, minimising the chance of an accident.
     
 
 
 

Emergency vehicles: fire engines

fire truck Sydney NSW

A fire engine is a heavy vehicle that responds to emergencies. As they are much larger than cars, they have a longer stopping distance, and are less manoeuvrable in traffic.

If you want to know what it's like to be in a fire truck on the way to a call, this video from Fire & Rescue NSW shows you, including good views of travelling behind vehicles and passing through intersections.

For more about emergency vehicle sirens click here.