Rules of the Road: Back to the Basics - Part III

when to yield in special circumstances:

School Buses:

When approaching a stopped school or church bus that is loading or unloading passengers, you must stop.  You must remain stopped until all passengers are clear of the roadway and the bus is back in motion.  A stop is NOT required when approaching a stopped bus from the opposite direction on a highway of four or more lanes.  Be mindful that children are often unpredictable so be mindful and be prepared to stop suddenly if needed.  

Emergency Vehicles:

State law requires drivers to yield the right-of-way to any vehicle displaying a flashing red or blue light or sounding siren.  Upon seeing an emergency vehicle you must immediately drive to the right side of the road or to the curb, clear of any intersection, and stop until the emergency vehicle has passed.  When approaching a police or emergency vehicle stopped on the shoulder of the roadway, you must slow down and move to the left lane if it is safe to do so.  Approach slowly and pass with caution.

Funeral Processions: A funeral procession has the right-of-way and may pass thru intersections if led by an escort vehicle displaying flashing lights.  Flags placed on vehicles or flashing emergency lights on the procession makes their presence known to other drivers.  Once the procession has passed you may proceed with caution.  

Posted August 12, 2016 at 08:38 AM