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Based on the 2024 Driver Handbook

If you pass a working emergency vehicle stopped on the side of a freeway you are to:

If you pass a working emergency vehicle stopped on the side of a freeway you are to:

  1. Stop near the emergency vehicle to check if they need help.
  2. Speed up to get past the emergency vehicle quickly.
  3. Pull over to the right side of the road and come to a stop.
  4. Vacate the closest lane if safe and possible to do so.

Find the answer to this question and an explanation below. 

Answer

This question, or a similar one, may show up on your driver’s license written exam. 

The answer is: D. Vacate the closest lane if safe and possible to do so.

Did you get it right? Learn more about this answer below. 

Explanation: Move Over Law

In order to pass your DMV exams and to become a safe driver, it’s important to know the reason why a particular answer on the written test is correct. 

If you approach a vehicle on the side of the road with its lights flashing, you are required to slow down and move over a lane if it is safe and possible to do so. 

If traffic or conditions do not allow you to vacate the closest lane, reduce your speed and pass the emergency vehicle as safely as possible. 

In many states this is known as the Move Over law.

Emergency or working vehicles you must move over for include:

  • Ambulances.
  • Fire trucks.
  • Maintenance vehicles.
  • Utility vehicles.
  • Police vehicles.
  • Tow trucks.

Slowing down and moving over for emergency vehicles reduces the risk of a collision and makes things safer for workers on the side of the road and emergency personnel responding to an emergency. 

Failing to do so or creating unsafe conditions for workers and emergency vehicles on the side of the road can result in a traffic ticket and fine, and much harsher penalties if you cause an accident.

You can find more information about this topic in the sharing the road section of your driver’s handbook.

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