Emergency corridor remains a mystery to car drivers

A survey reveals that car drivers are extremely uncertain, for example, when forming an emergency corridor. A lack of knowledge can have an adverse effect on road traffic safety.


On a two-lane road an emergency corridor must be formed in the middle – but many car drivers are not aware of this fact. (Photo: stau.info)

According to the survey, the majority of the respondents do not know when and how an emergency corridor is formed, and how they should act correctly in merging traffic. They are also not really sure about the right of way in roundabouts or how to properly drive past bus stops.

This is actually very easy:

Emergency corridor: On a two-lane road an emergency corridor must be formed in the middle; on a multi-lane road it must be formed between the lane on the far left and the lane directly alongside. An emergency corridor must also be formed immediately during stop and go traffic and not just when an ambulance or a police car is approaching.

Merging traffic principle: The drivers in the ending lane must drive right to the end of the lane and then merge successively. This is the only way to ensure that the area of the lane is used as effectively as possible and that traffic can flow more easily.

Right of way in roundabouts: Cars already in a roundabout have the right of way. Cars entering the roundabout must observe the right of way.

Passing bus stops: If a bus halts at a bus stop, the cars behind the bus and the cars on the other side of the road may only pass the bus at walking speed. If the bus halts at the stop with flashing lights, it may not actually be overtaken.

Jens König, Head of Accident Research at DEKRA; says in particular that the lack of knowledge concerning the prompt formation of an emergency corridor is a serious problem: “Following an accident, the question of how quickly the emergency services can arrive at the scene is literally a matter of life and death.”

In addition, anyone disregarding the right of way in a roundabout or causes problems when merging into traffic risks causing accidents and creating dangers in road traffic.

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