How Germans On The Autobahn React To Sirens

Submitted by: 12chars 3 years ago

How it should be.
There are 36 comments:
Male 1,154
@cody,
in a few minutes they will start circling traffic around a couple on/off ramps. So that once the accident is cleared everyone is traveling at speed again.
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Male 88
Was doing really well until all those fire engines got in his way.
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Male 2,850
@Fwoggie2

"Also, why didn`t they use the emergency hard shoulder - because 1) that`s for people stopping"

They`re not "for people stopping". They`re for emergency use.

That includes breakdowns. That includes the emergency services getting past traffic.

This video shows an ambulance being delayed, waiting for traffic to move out of the way and clear a path, because it was blocked from using the emergency lane by vehicles that shouldn`t have been stopped in it.
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Male 219
I did police work in Germany. That`s pretty accurate. I was however on the autobahn once. Iturned on my emergency eequipment....the guy in front of me slammed on his brakes and I rearended um.
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Male 13,624
English (I say English)
are very good at providing space for emergency vehicles
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Male 14,773
It`s like the Dick Tracey intro
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Male 1,803
The reason also that not everyone pulled over to the right (the "fast" lane pulled to the left), is again a requirement. Think about it in snow. The heaviest used lane is the far right lane, the least used will be the far left lane, except in extremely heavy traffic when they`re all about the same. It`s less likely to be snowed over in the middle of the lanes.

Also, why didn`t they use the emergency hard shoulder - because 1) that`s for people stopping - they could hit someone who`s pulled over if nobody used it in this scenario 2) the gap that`s been made is just over 1 lane wide (and German autobahns are wide - more room than the emergency lane would offer).
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Male 1,803
That has to be the dumbest most asininiest traffic I`ve ever seen. There is absolutely no reason for that.

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They`ve done it because it`s a legal requirement.
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Female 2,549
Here in Asia no one gives a fcuk! I sit there fuming because i can`t budge in the middle of three lanes.
There is no civic sense whatsoever.
And the rubberneckers, the aholes!


Why didn`t the emergecy vehicle take the shoulder all the way through?
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Female 533
That`s how it is here in Ontario....you get the f*ck out of the way! I`ve always been proud of how we do it -- Quebec on the other hand...what a collective bunch of morons!
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Male 7,775
Time to one-up: ok, in the UK we drive thru the barriers and careen down a 200 ft ravine, douse ourselves in fuel and set light to it to get out of the way.
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Male 15,832
I was waiting for him to rear-end that little black car. I am dissapoint.
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Male 226
why weren`t they just using the emergency lane?already cleared up and easier for cars to go a bit to the left
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Male 425
I was in an such an ambulance once and it is pretty cool to switch on the horns and all cars suddenly rush to the sides. The injured appreciated our quick arriving - despite heavy traffic.

I am not a medic, i choose two years social services (back in the days) instead of serving in the army.
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Male 762
First responders were already on the scene. Those cars weren`t going anywhere and had plenty of time to sort themselves out when the first emergency vehicles came.
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Male 2,390
That has to be the dumbest most asininiest traffic I`ve ever seen. There is absolutely no reason for that.
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Male 2,700
Most people overlook the really amazing part, the traffic going in the opposite direction doesnt stop and rubberneck. It remains flowing as if nothing was on their side, you know, because it isnt.

that is the only part of this video that amazes me to be honest. Here in the STL, people hear a siren, they pull over or just take an exit. Hell people on both sides of the road tend to pull over if they dont know where its coming from.

Ravengreen actually said it right, the only people that would find this amazing are the rubbernecking crackpots who are too stupid to really know that a siren means GTF off the road!!!
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Male 4,893

What a cluster f*ck. It would make way way more sense if they would ALL PULL TO THE RIGHT.

That`s what we do around here. It works so well that when the cop passes you, he`s usually pushing 100+ mph.
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Female 6,381
Seems there`s general agreement on how it works, but are there any fire/ambulance drivers out there with different stories to tell? Gang?
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Male 5,608
US, it`s pull to the right. That looked like a disorganized mess and hell restart.

On top of that, Michigan would have still been trying to direct traffic to the left to get past the wreck. Very seldom does traffic completely stop here.
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Male 511
Every state in the US has laws on the books that all vehicles must yield to an emergency vehicle by pulling off to the right side of the road and pedestrians must stay off of the road completely.
I know here, when people hear a siren loudly enough, they tend to pull off to the side of the road whether they actually see the vehicle or not.
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Male 837
Here in Northern Texas (I presume Southern Texas as well, but I`ve never been there) when the sirens come on, we pull to the right side of the road and stop. Some people pull to the right side and keep driving a bit (if they`re at an intersection - they pull through in case the emergency vehicle needs to turn through it) but yeah.
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Female 136
Some European countries, as I believe (I know for sure in the UK) have laws which say you must give way to an emergency vehicle with its sirens on (in the UK an emergency vehicle is a vehicle with flashing blue lights).
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Male 3,909
I see vehicles pull off to the side whenever possible while emergency vehicles are approaching. Sometime it`s difficult, especially in bigger cities when there`s not much of a shoulder on the road or guard rails & barriers but people just don`t don`t ignore them.
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Male 3,285
Goverments around the world should make it a serious criminal offence not to move out of the way of an emergency vehicle.
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Male 2,416
Gotta love those germans! this is why they have no speed limit, the sing say`s stop? we stop. the light is red? we stop. speed is 50? we drop to 50.

and that is why it works.
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Male 7,031

I`ve never seen a situation where drivers did NOT move over for an emergency vehicle. You see some people who take their sweet time about it, though. No excuse for that.
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Male 4,746
Here, you are supposed to pull to the right side of the road. However, it seems that everyone is a complete moron and very rarely do I see others do it. Most of the time it will be myself and two or three others pulled over while everyone else drives normally.
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Male 7,123
I would see that as normal. What else would you do?
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Male 2,357
[quote]Are you saying it doesn`t happen in the states?[/quote]
I don`t get it either; everyone here pulls to the side of the road when we hear sirens or see lights.

Then again, the US is much, much larger than the UK. Just because people do this where I live does not necessarily mean that they do it 1000 miles away in another state.
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Male 7,775
For once, I`ll back the UK, we do this. Are you saying it doesn`t happen in the states?
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Male 633
I can never figure out why emergency vehicles travel in the direction of traffic on a closed highway. Why not travel on the closed section of highway in the wrong direction?
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Male 904
More than just the sirens it looks like once folks figured out that there was a traffic stopping accident up ahead they all pulled over to make way for arriving emergency vehicles.
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Male 7,031

Suddenly I`m in the mood to listen to Kraftwerk ...

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Male 3,472
This is from years of having MG-42`s mounted on the hoods.
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Male 906
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